Author(s): Janice Galloway
Cassie and Rona. Rona and Cassie. Two women on a driving holiday in Northern France. A caustic, coruscating and deeply funny account of morality, dysfunctional relationships and women abroad, Foreign Parts is that rare hybrid: a strikingly original novel about real life, told with accuracy, compassion and a truly saturnine delight.
Life on the road observed with a biting sensibility for the awkward and the joyous:a tale as comic as it is poignant.
Winner of McVities Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year 1994.
"The book reassures that no matter how many times you've done something or been somewhere, the humiliations remain as burning, the pleasure as sharp as ever" Independent "A funny, original, stinging-as-a-nettle, soothing-as-a-dockleaf read" Observer "A carefully observed, caustic portrait of two opposites - one prickly, one plodding - and their troublesome but enduring friendship" New York Times "A pleasure from start to finish" Guardian "Every detail...is described with the accuracy of an X-ray and the urgency of poetry" -- Penelope Mortimer Daily Telegraph
Janice Galloway's first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, now widely regarded as a Scottish contemporary classic, was published in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Her second novel, Foreign Parts, won the American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award while her third, Clara, about the tempestuous life of nineteenth-century pianist Clara Wieck Schumann, won the Saltire Award in 2002. Collaborative texts include an opera with Sally Beamish and three cross-discipline works with Anne Bevan, the Orcadian sculptor. Her 'anti-memoir', This is not about me, was published by Granta in September 2008 to universal critical acclaim. She lives in Lanarkshire