A set of stories comprising a novel covering 200 years in a Scottish town from 150 years ago to 50 years into the future.
The Other Side of Here is a novel built from stories centring on Annandale, a small town in south-west Scotland. Annandale is remote, secluded and old-fashioned. It lies in a fold of the Southern Uplands, away from the larger cities.
Whilst each story stands alone, when put together the tales form a narrative in which individual episodes and characters are interlinked.
These are stories from all walks of life. Characters are young and old. Indeed, they’re old in some stories and young in others. The teenage businessman, the desperate single mother, the group of school friends growing up with drinking games and masterplans for escape. From music-obsessed teenagers dressed in black to dead scoutmasters and tornadoes, from dreams of Mediterranean paradises to blizzards and psychiatric case assessments, from love and lust to faded footnotes in the broad palette of modern music, and from ghostly Victorian teenagers to a future world ravaged by war, terror and disease.
The Other Side of Here is a comedy, a romance, an adventure and a work of fiction spanning nearly two centuries in which a Scottish community plays out its small-town history against the background of a changing world.