The Glasgow Coma Scale is my first novel. It’s published by Corsair and is OUT NOW in hardback and ebook format. Here’s the blurb:
Lynne is a young woman who once dreamed of being an artist, but whose promotion to supervisor at an insurance call centre in Glasgow is sucking the soul out of her.
When Lynne hands a fiver to a homeless man on the street in town one day, she is shocked to recognise Angus – her former art teacher on whom she once had a crush. What on earth could have reduced him to life on the street? In a gesture of uncharacteristic rashness, she invites him home.
So begins The Glasgow Coma Scale. Set against the gentrification of Scotland’s second city, this is a taut, ticklish, tender and truly unexpected story of art, of the city, of feelings, and about the redemptive power of an unconventional kind of love.
What they’re saying…
“Neil Stewart is the kind of writer who appears once in a generation, gifts fully-formed. Through the unforgettable duo of Angus and Lynne, he takes us to places where other novels fear to tread, from the perils of life on a park bench through the murky grey areas of love to the ineffable mysteries of art. Compassionate, brave, singing with life, The Glasgow Coma Scale is an outstanding debut from an extraordinary talent.” — Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies and An Evening of Long Goodbyes
“Unfailingly stylish, intelligent, witty and affecting. Neil Stewart’s talent is prodigious and extravagant.” — Neel Mukherjee, author of A Life Apart and the Man Booker-nominated The Lives of Others
“[A]n intriguing debut, capturing the psyches of two very different people as they look sidelong at the reasons their lives haven’t gone quite as well as they’d hoped” — Galen O’Hanlon, The Skinny
“[A]n engaging study of two very different but equally lost souls … Angus, in particular, is a delight, always knowing exactly the wrong thing to say in any situation. [A] confidently written and enjoyable debut” — Ally Nicholl, The List
“[J]umps right off the page to challenge, provoke and, in the broadest sense of the term, entertain at every turn.” — Gregor White, Stirling Observer
You can order The Glasgow Coma Scale now from the following online presences, or place an order at your local independent bookshop.
Foyles — my favourite bookshop in London! (As of 10th July, they were offering 50% off the cover price!)
Corsair (UK publisher)
Wordery is a new online bookseller that bills itself as the independent alternative to Amazon, offering free delivery on every order
WH Smith (UK)