2nd edition cover featuring Paisley mill workers.
Thanks to The Heritage Centre, Renfrewshire Leisure, and to Nicola Leitch and Stephen McBride.
Blushing is for Sinners is still available in its original cover artwork by Rebecca Johnstone via Amazon UK and from Abbey Books, Paisley.
Tracy Patrick's Wild Eye Fire Eye is a beautifully produced and illustrated collection with a powerful lightness of touch; full of mystery, humour, other-worldly lyricism and haunting, delightful imagery. Tracy has many tones to her poetic 'voice', and these assured works teeming with timeless symbols and wise animals, ancient landscapes and fairytale birds, give us a poet in happy control of her flowing rhythms and elegant use of language. A bold, accomplished and original gathering of ideas that has something new to startle you with each time it is read.
Graham Fulton, poet and illustrator.
Reading Tracy Patrick's poems is something akin to meditating. They leave you with a peacefulness that can be hard to find these days.
Donna Campbell, poet and spoken word artist.
Cover art by Tracy Patrick
Paisley mill girl, Jean McParland, is increasingly frustrated by her humdrum job and longs for a better future for herself and her daughter, Ava. So when old flame Billy re-enters her life, she's easily seduced by his dreams of escape - an association which will have disastrous results.
Fifty years later, and Ava is now a high-flying executive in Vancouver. But the death of her aunt, who brought her up, triggers a chain of events which, ultimately, leads her back to the town of her birth...
Praise for Blushing is for Sinners:
Tracy Patrick employs an artisan's skill to the backdrop of the declining Paisley thread mills and their world where she sets her tale of family relationships and industrial politics that span the backdrop of a 1960s Paisley, where you can imagine you're walking the very same streets as Jean and Ava and Billy and Tommy, in juxtaposition to the contemporary setting of the Canada of the now where Ava's revealing reflection does indeed, reveal. An absorbing read that delivers page by page by page.
Brian Whittingham, Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire.
Long Lost Family meets Who Do You Think You Are? in this ambitious first novel which is brimming with warmth, heart and soul. Humour and great dialogue mark this debut too, as do a cracking sense of place (including the workplace), a host of memorable characters & a deep-rooted political awareness. The Paisley chapters, with their focus on the mills and a heart-breaking love triangle, are to die for. The Canadian chapters, set fifty years later, aren't included just for the contrast. Blushing is for Sinners is a stand-out addition to the growing body of literature suddenly emerging from Paisley.
Donal McLaughlin, author and translator.
Faces glow and bodies feel the heat in this romantic thriller. Patrick has a poet’s eye for detail and the book’s strength is its insider’s portrait of a Scottish town, with something of the dark malignity of Douglas Brown’s House with the Green Shutters about it. The openness of the Canadian prairies, with its great expanses of forest rapidly disappearing to logging, provide contrast. This is a good quality first novel that promises much for the future.
Dave Manderson, author and Robert Louis Stevenson fellow.