Fergus Lamont

By Robin Jenkins

Synopsis

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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Review

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