Paperback pick: Meeting The English

We take a look at the first novel from poet Kate Clanchy


Paperback pick: Meeting The English

Meeting The English 

by Kate Clanchy (Picador, £7.99)

Anyone who’s ever felt the sharp stab of being an outsider will ache for Struan, a sweet-natured 17-year-old from a small Scottish town thrown headlong into family drama, literary shenanigans and bohemian London in 1989, when he arrives to care for a playwright who’s had a stroke.

This is a spiky coming-of-age tale full of wit and wisdom.