Runaway

Peter May's Runaway out in UK January 15th 2015

Runaway out in UK January 15th 2015

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“The book is beautifully written, funny and poignant, and very different from any I have previously read by the versatile Peter May”
Literary Review

The decision of five teenage boys to leave their homes in Glasgow in 1965 and head for London is led by Jack Mackay when he is expelled from school. His friends need little incentive to run away from abusive families and dead end jobs to pursue fame and fortune as a band.  However, the boys find the reality to be devastatingly different from their dreams, and within less than eight weeks of their departure, just three of them return home, their lives irrevocably damaged.

Fifty years later, in 2015, a brutal murder takes place in London and the three men, who are now in their sixties, are forced to return to the city to confront the demons which have haunted them and blighted their lives for five decades.

Runaway is a gripping crime novel spanning two cities and half a century. This extraordinary work by Peter May explores how aspirations and expectations shape us, and the pivotal yet changeable role that friendships play in our lives.

Read more about the “story behind the story” on Peter’s blog, where he reveals how the inspiration for RUNAWAY came from his own experiences…

RUNAWAY TOUR – January 2015

Most events are free, some events charge for entry because of the administration costs of the venue.
Please check and book tickets in advance, even for the free events, to avoid disappointment.

  • GLASGOW – Monday 19th January, 1pm.  Mitchell Library (Lunchtime Event) click here for more information
  • GLASGOW – Monday 19th January, afternoon (time variable). Waterstones Sauchiehall Street (stock signing) Telephone 0141 332 9105 for more information
  • NEWTON MEARNS – Monday 19th January, 7pm.  Primavera Bistro.  Telephone 0141 616 3933 or click here for more information
  • INVERNESS – Tuesday 20th January, 3.30 – 4pm.  WH Smiths, High St. Telephone 01463 233885 for more information
  • INVERNESS – Tuesday 20th January, 7pm.  The Iron Works, Academy Street. click here for more information
  • PERTH – Wednesday 21st January, 1pm – 2pm.  Waterstones, St John’s Centre (signing) Telephone 01738 630013 or click here for more information
  • PERTH – Wednesday 21st January, 3pm.  WH Smiths, High St. (stock signing)  Telephone  01738 621425 for more information
  • DUNDEE – Wednesday 21st January, 6.30pm. Steps Theatre, The Wellgate.  click here for more information
  • EDINBURGH – Thursday 22nd January, 11.15am. Waterstones, George St (stock signing) Telephone 0131 225 3436 for more information
  • EDINBURGH – Thursday 22nd January, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. WH Smiths, Gyle Shopping Centre (formal signing) Telephone 0131 339 8855 for more information
  • EDINBURGH – Thursday 22nd January, 7pm.  Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge. (Peter May in conversation with Jackie McGlone) click here for more information
  • EDINBURGH – Friday 23rd January, Noon. Blackwells, South Bridge.  (stock signing) Telephone 0131 622 8222 for more information
  • LONDON – Tuesday 27th January, 6.30pm. Waterstones Piccadilly. (Talk and signing) click here for more information

8 Responses to Runaway

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  2. ben0610 says:

    I have just finished reading Runaway (having previously read The Lewis Trilogy and Entry Island). It was strange to read a book with links so close to home. I now live in the flats above The Derby Cafe and my back window looks down towards the sheltered housing where Jack stays in the book.
    Also my son owns Church on the Hill at Battlefield Monument which is mentioned as Jack walks up the hill from the Victoria Hospital.
    Being a similar vintage to Jack and the author I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the flashbacks to the 60s when music was “proper music” as I continually remind my sons.
    Excellent stuff. Thanks

    • Delighted you enjoyed the book. My sister used to frequent the Derby Café, and my mother spent the last couple of years of her life in the sheltered housing behind you – she also died in the Victoria Infirmary. Must try the Church on the Hill next time I am in Glasgow! 🙂

  3. Gunnel Asp says:

    Both my husband and I have recently read Runaway and earlier your Lewis trilogy. It’s quite marvellous to read your books, which are really thrilling and so well composed. How the threads lead to the past and the present and how everything is connected to each other. As we are Swedes it is also a pleasure to read in English even if we don’t understand every single word, but there are dictionaries though … We look forward in taking part of your planned book for the next year.

  4. Corille says:

    Oh my goodness! What a lot of memories that brings back. I never ran away but I grew up in Clarkston , went to Eastwood Secondary School, Mr Tolmie was my English/history teacher ante ice cream and mushy peas at the tallies’ at Clarkston Toll (Tomasso’s in my day); my best freind, Parma lived in Stamperland. After a few years in the Home Counties and two years in Holland I emigrated nearly fifty years ago with my family to Canberra,Australia. Parma also went to Eastwood, was later my bridesmaid and also became an Aussie. She now lives in Brisbane and we see each other from time to time. I have told her about Runaway. It’ll maybe give her a good greet like it did me. Thank you for a great book as well as Auld Lang Syne. Corille Fraser

    • Delighted to bring back happy memories, Corille. Of course, Frank Tolmie was also my English teacher, Norman Shed taught me history, and Jack Peacock and Jack Vernal taught me art. In fact it was Tolmie and Peacock who pleaded my case with Johnnie Anderson when he expelled me. Writing Runaway was a trip down memory lane for me, although it is only semi-autobiographical! My sister was in the café in Clarkston when the son of the owners had his face slashed. She later had to give evidence in the court case against the culprit. I was in Australia earlier this year on a book tour, taking in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. I loved it, and had I been 25 years younger might have thought about emigrating there!

  5. John Whitchurch says:

    Just finished Runaway and wondered if there was a sequel to it after the bodies of Dr Robert and Maurie were found? Could it be that Enzo type forensic skills were used to identify Maurie and then trace the others when the bodies were found days or weeks later.

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