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An evening with Scott Preston

18 April @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us in welcoming debut novelist, Scott Preston to West Kirby, to celebrate the publication of his novel, THE BORROWED HILLS!

We are thrilled to be welcome debut novelist, Scott Preston to West Kirby for the Merseyside launch of his novel, THE BORROWED HILLS.

Join us on Thursday 18th April, 7pm when Scott will be reading from and discussing the book, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies.


Utterly absorbing and original, Scott Preston writes with a poet’s heart and a cinematic eye. A painfully truthful account of the foot and mouth outbreak and the effects it had on the farming community, THE BORROWED HILLS shows the other, darker side to the Cumbrian Fells and to rural life up and down the country.’ — Rebecca Smith, author of RURAL

‘THE BORROWED HILLS shows us the Lake District from the inside, from the viewpoint of those who struggle to make a living from the land and who, when the bad times come, are driven to extremity and violence in order to survive. It’s a startlingly original addition to the literature of northern England.’ — Ian McGuire, author of THE NORTH WATER

‘Scott Preston lifts the veil from the picture-postcard beauty of Britain’s Cumbrian fells to expose an atmosphere of festering despair in the lives of two farmers who lose everything when their sheep are destroyed by the government in order to contain an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. When they take desperate measures to rebuild their shattered world, what happens feels tragically inevitable. THE BORROWED HILLS is a story of anger and violence, devotion, love, and back-breaking hard work, told with dark, dead-pan humour and a rough kind of poetry.’Carys Davies, author of THE MISSION HOUSE

As foot and mouth disease spreads across the hills of Cumbria, emptying the valleys of sheep and filling the skies with smoke, Steve Elliman and William Herne, two neighbouring farmers, join forces to reverse their fortunes by rustling livestock from the south. With the struggles of the land never far away, Steve’s only distraction is his growing fascination with William’s wife, Helen. When their mountain home comes under the sway of a ruthless outsider, it is left to Steve to save himself and what’s left of their farming community, in a savage conflict that threatens an ancient way of life.

A reimagining of the American Western for the fells of northern England, Scott Preston’s thrilling debut tells of men and women battered by circumstance, struggling to make lives for themselves in an unyielding land. Lyrical, cinematic, visceral and steeped in local folklore, THE BORROWED HILLS is an epic tale of a forgotten Britain.


Scott Preston is from Windermere in the Lake District, where his father was a drystone waller and his grandparents were national park wardens. He studied philosophy at the University of Sheffield before working as a copywriter. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester’s creative writing program and received a PhD in prose fiction from King’s College London.

Tickets are £5 standard admission/ £19 inc. a copy of the book. Complimentary drinks will be provided on arrival. Tickets are non-refundable but if you can’t make it to the event and would like a signed/dedicated copy of the book please let us know via email, hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com

This event is being held at The West Kirby Bookshop, 6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA.


18 April
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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The West Kirby Bookshop
6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA
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