Here we are, one year on, and Better Together’s promises have crumbled to dust. Like we said they would. The Tories are back in Number 10, and could well be there until 2030. Like we said they would.
We could go on, but nobody like a smart arse, suffice to say it’s all panning out as we predicted.
What we probably couldn’t have predicted though, was just how quickly we’d pick ourselves up again.
The immediate aftermath of September 18th was a grim, grim time for us Yes voters, and it seemed that the bubble had burst. Fear had won over hope. The dream had died.
For a week or so I was miserable. Sleeping all the time. Every day seemed to bring more bad news, but in the middle of all that there were faint glimmers of hope. Embers that refused to go out. Whether it was a passer-by with a Yes badge, or a car driver still proudly displaying their Yes stickers – it kept us connected, kept us talking to complete strangers. Our bond – our common goal of independence. Normality. A Scotland free from the Tories forever.
And here we are today, with a political map a mere 4000 votes from turning completely SNP yellow, and already preparing for #indyref round two.
So, to commemorate the anniversary of Scotland truly fucking-up the biggest decision we’ve ever been asked to make, THE MILE is going to be available for Kindle at the austerity-snubbing price of £0.00 for three whole days.
Yup, zero pounds, zero pence. Zip. Nada.
(It’s already available for nowt as part of Kindle Unlimited’s lending service, but now you can own it for hee-haw too.)
I was conscious when writing the book that it shouldn’t speculate on the outcome of the vote. That would have been daft, and could have consigned it to the dustbin after September 2014.
I read the ending again recently, and it still stands up. It hasn’t aged. If anything, it’s even more apposite. So if you haven’t already, please give it a read. It’s not like it’s going to cost you anything, tightwad.
Still need convinced? Here are some Amazon reviews:
One of the funniest books I have ever read.
Arguably the best thing I’ve seen written about the Independence referendum.
Once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it back down again.
A page turning treat.
Easy reading book that i just couldnt put down.
Witty and well written with a native’s eye for detail.
Tremendous. Started reading this morning and just kept going right to the end non-stop.
Brilliant read. I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
A wee book full of heart and brimming with optimism for a future Scotland.
Laugh out loud moments.
This book is brilliant. I never wanted it to end.
My eyes genuinely welled up towards the end, and I’m not really a soppy type.
A positive book with a positive message.
Fantastic read from start to finish.
The prose of The Mile flows like the beer taps of its busiest pub. Highly recommended.
A really enjoyable read.
Cracking debut novel with a heart-warming story.
Had me hooked on the first chapter.
It’s been awhile since I’ve cared so much about figures in a novel.
Five Stars for a belter of a book!
Gripping read kept me up till 6 am finishing it!!!
Funny, sad, thought-provoking and brimming with positivity. You will not be disappointed.
Cracking story very well told with laughs, history lessons and political commentary a plenty.
Filled with characters that are likeable, seemingly larger than life but incredibly relatable and real feeling, this is a novel that I literally couldn’t put down.
The Mile is a story that manages to evoke that rare feeling in today’s cynical world; hope.
So what are you waiting for!?
Here it is, right here, nae cash necessary!!
According to reader comments, and Twitter conversations, this “Wee Blue Book” has also played its part in driving folk towards a Yes vote, and there’s no reason why it can’t continue to do this, so please share and spread the word.
And for everyone who’s already bought it, thank you – you are already awesome.