Fergus Lamont, illegitimate child from the slums of Glasgow, sets out to reclaim his inheritance and to remake his identity as soldier, poet and would-be aristocrat. His unforgettable voice recounts a tale of vanity, success and betrayal which shines its own sardonic light on the issues of the day.
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Fergus Lamont is a compelling story of personal reinvention that cuts to the quick of the Scottish psyche, posing questions about how we become what we are. Born poor, Fergus adopts a kilt and an aristocratic persona. He has the capacity for both callous disregard and surprising tenderness, and Jenkins offers the possibility of redemption through love even for such a monster of ego as Fergus. -- Stuart Kelly