Troubador The Broch

Released: 28/06/2021

ISBN: 9781800463196

eISBN: 9781800465855

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Broch


What happens when you have to deal with something devastating you cannot change? In Graham Bullen's The Broch, we follow the moving journey of a man running away from answers and towards the realities of his own mortality in the wilds of the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

Martin, locked inside the prison of his recently acquired alcoholism, is on a quest to fulfil the promise of a holiday booked weeks before his wife’s sudden death. He stays in the reconstruction of an Iron Age dwelling overlooking the white-sanded fringes of the North Atlantic. Twenty miles to his north lies The Clisham, a coastal peak from which he plans to end his life. 

We wrestle with the destruction of Martin’s life plan; revelation, drunken misadventure, HBO boxsets and the best of the world’s new whiskies await us. Events take a further turn when he stumbles upon a young woman lying next to a beached and dying whale, reluctantly taking her in. And Martin still has the seven remaining sachets of his wife’s ashes to consecrate and consume, and the possibility of being tracked down by his grownup sons, before beginning what might be his final climb. 

With echoes of John O'Brien's Leaving Las Vegas (with the northern lights substituting for the neon), the twisted but hilarious adventures of Withnail and I, and the yearning of Dr. Zhivago for his Lara, The Broch is a page-turner you don't want to miss!

THE QUARANT is now available for purchase. If you like your historical fiction underpinned by a resonant emotional, human story, check it out at your local bookshop, or online from Troubador or other online sellers.

I'm also delighted to share that my second novel, THE BROCH, is now expected to be published by Matador on 28 June, 2021.

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Graham Bullen

Graham spent the thirty-plus years of his working life in the oil and gas industry, first as a librarian and information manager and then as a business improvement and leadership coach.

In 2011, he and his wife Joanne relocated to the North West Scottish Highlands, after spells living and working in Aberdeen and London, and now live on the shores of Loch Ness.

He is interested in pursuing themes of fatherhood, from the persecutive of both fathers and children, and the range of profoundly toxic or benign impacts this can have on individuals lives. He also likes to search for and depict the humour, dark or otherwise, inherent in peoples struggles to make sense of their lives and their place in the world around them. Redemption through love, and the yearnings that emerge when love is thwarted or not fully embraced, are also recurring themes.

At rest during a recent research visit to Venice
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