A striking first novel by a young writer - the tale of a highly unusual rite of passage which confronts one of the strongest taboos.
Once upon a time there was a boy whose home was a van and whose world was his father.
Be warned: this is not a fairytale.
Although it does contain love,
and most important of all, a kiss.
But you have to be ready for an unpredictable journey
through a realm where nothing is black or white.
That, of course, is why you should take the first step.
A startling new voice shows us a painful truth:
You can t help who you fall in love with.
Emily Mackie's debut is an austere and mature literary novel. It's a book that wears its meta-narrative lightly, and the characters are strong, poignant and sometimes comically eccentric. - The Age
The book is written with astonishing vision and authority for someone so young, - The Sydney Morning Herald
This is an extraordinary first novel: assured, insightful and memorable.... Believable, beautifully written and thought provoking. - The Sun Herald
For a first novel, it is remarkable. The characterisation and dialogue are faultless. - The Courier Mail
A beautifully written, but shocking debut novel. - Weekend Post Cairns
I have never read anything quite like AND THIS IS TRUE. As disturbing as it is compelling, it is a wonderfully taut tale of confinement and escape, of difficult loves and conflicting emotions peopled by characters you won't meet anywhere else. - Gerard Woodward
'Irresistibly quirky...Though the book is expertly mined with narrative explosions - fire, gunshots, sudden violence and family revelations - its originality lies in the sly, halting way it reveals its mysteries, the odd perspectives that illuminate its characters, how much it is brave enough to leave unsaid....in Nevis Gow, Emily Mackie has created one of current fiction's freshest funniest oddballs' - Justine Jordan, Guardian
A strange, intense story of love and betrayal, beautifully imagined and written; Nevis s voice will haunt you - Kate Saunders, The Times
Emily Mackie was born in Winchester in 1983 and grew up in Scotland. After graduating with an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2007, her first novel, And This is True, was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize as well as the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. Her second novel, In Search of Solace, was published by Sceptre in 2014.