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Scottish novelist D.D. Johnston writes books that are “Funny as all Hell” (The Sunday Herald), “determinedly extraordinary” (The Morning Star) and “unputtable-downable” (Northern Soul). His novels are characterised by their ambition, variety, and invention, but the consistent theme is his love for ordinary people, and his faith in the extraordinary things we can achieve together. He lives in Cheltenham, England, where he cares for his infant son.

His fourth novel, Disnaeland, invites us into a Scottish community during a global blackout. From sharing a meal cooked on a camping stove, to restarting the water supply using wind power, ordinary people do extraordinary things, building a new world in the ruins of the old. Starting with the deeply personal, shifting to the visionary, Disnaeland is a heartbreaking wonder.

Bringing light to a dark world is no mean feat, but the characters in the novel do just that, and so does the author. From the cunning pun of its title onward, Disnaeland is a scabrous treat.

The Financial Times