On Monday, May 16, 2005, at 08:12 PM, Robin Hamilton wrote:
> As you're not from Edinburgh yourself, Jill, I'll forgive you for the
That must be because you are a Truly Nice Person (or Ridgy-Didge Noice
Person, as we would say)
> Have you come on the novels of Christopher Brookmyre? I find them
> hysterically funny, but I can never always work out whether they're
> set in
> Glasgow or Edinburgh. Some in one, some in the other, and there are
> references that separate them out, but when it comes to the language,
> distinguishing between which dialect he's using baffled me. I think
> that my ear is a little tin in this area.
Yes, I've read two of Brookmyre's novels - A Big Boy Did It and Ran
Away - which would have to be one of the best title's ever and a jolly
good read (though I read it sometime in late September 2001 which made
me do a wee bit of a double take) - and The Secret Art of Stealing,
which I enjoyed as well but thought it went a bit 'soft' somewhere
along the line.
To my completely uneducated ear they both seemed and claimed to be
Glaswegian and The Secret Art ... told me all I needed to know, and
quite a bit more, about the Celtic v Rangers thing.
Doesn't Brookmyre live, or once live in Aberdeen? D'you think that
might explain something? Some of my lot did originally come from there,
so I hope that's not stretching the noiceness too far.
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