Born and raised in Glasgow, Laura Marney graduated with a degree in Business Administration at Strathclyde University. She worked as a medical sales rep before returning to university to complete an M.Litt in Creative Writing in 2001. Her first novel, No Wonder I Take A Drink, was Waterstone’s Book of the Month, and her second, Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby won her a Writer’s Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council. She teaches part-time on the M.Phil Creative Writing Course at Glasgow University, and also teaches aerobics. Her novels were re-printed in 2012.
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Selected books by Laura
For Faughie’s Sake
Saraband, May 2014
Trixie is back! After a few months in cliquey, midge-ridden Inverfaughie, she’ll do anything to escape to Glasgow. But when a Hollywood movie begins filming, she fills her B&B with stunt men – until hungry cows, polo resorts and billionaire property developers kick off a rebellion, leaving Trixie unpaid. Her teenage son is rebelling, too: he’s going to become an eco-energy genius and live in a commune. Meanwhile, an ancient document is unearthed that might change the future of Faughie. Sick of the boring political arguments, Trixie just wants to get out– until she’s offered an enticing bribe. Will she betray the cause, take the money and run, or is another Faughie possible?
Praise for For Faughie’s Sake
Treat yourself to a few biting, funny, intoxicating days in Laura Marney’s irrepressible Highland bolthole
– The Daily Record
This brilliant sequel [is] hilarious… Blunt, honest and perceptive
– The Skinny
No Wonder I Take a Drink
Saraband, March 2012
Trisha, a lonely unsentimental boozer, unexpectedly inherits a home in the Highlands. Leaving behind her estranged husband, his nubile Norwegian girlfriend, her insolent teenage son and her boring job as a pharmaceutical rep, she decides to move up there. But having pictured a rural idyll, all she finds is rain, sheep, a jaywalking dog and kamikaze midges. And more rain. Her social life is so limited that she even contemplates joining the Inversnechty Mental Health Awareness Group just for the craic.
Then three nurses on holiday leave from Saudi Arabia invite Trisha to a ceilidh. A night of whisky-fuelled high jinks ensues which leads to a significant encounter with Spider, the local Lothario, and a dramatic discovery that will change Trisha’s future forever.
Praise for No Wonder I Take A Drink
A gently humorous take on an incomer’s life in the West Highlands’
Biting wit, brilliant characterisation and hilarious antics – whether you are 16 or 60, you’ll be rocking in your chair
Scottish Daily Record
Marney’s book is consistently engaging and hits all the right notes
The word on Laura Marney is that she’s Scotland’s best kept literary secret, and for once, the goods live up to the fanfare. Her first novel is a sparkling black comedy with guaranteed out-loud laughs. Marney displays a natural flair for storytelling and her warts-and-all characters ring true
York Evening Press
Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby
Saraband, March 2012
Everbody’s on anti-depressants. They’re all suffering from post-romantic stress disorder. Not being happy all the time makes them unhappy and stressed. Nowadays, not being happy is deeply unfashionable and therefore intolerable, and so everybody’s (secretly) on happy pills.
Bertha chucks Donnie who goes out with Daphne and begs her not to chuck him but then he chucks her and returns to Bertha who inevitably chucks him again. Daphne gets fat. She makes soup all the time and wonders if Woolworths sell a hosepipe to fit a Vauxhall Vectra.
Pierce is a fat balding womaniser whose only steady relationship is with a cup at the sperm bank. He’s the only one not on anti-depressants, and he’s the hero. But it’s not just sniffles and tears. After a few undignified deaths and some life-affirming events it all ends cheerily enough with Pierce saving the day and everybody taking a metaphorical shake to themselves.
Praise for Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby
Marney gives chick lit a shot of adrenalin with a novel featuring one of literature’s most repulsive love objects. Hard-core romance for the bitter and twisted
The obtuse and faintly ridiculous is transformed into a hilarious edgy satire by a Scottish writer who has such a gift for dark humour her books have a heady whiff of Christopher Brookmyre without the body count