Kevin Bridges’ novel The Black Dog is out now in paperback

Kevin Bridges’ novel The Black Dog is out now in paperback

The brilliant debut novel from Kevin Bridges, The Black Dog, is out now in paperback – you can buy on Amazon here.

‘Edgy, dark, funny and perceptive’The Herald

‘A celebration of friendship’The Scotsman

‘Everything that is great about Kevin’s stand up – the characters he creates, the unapologetic root in working class life, the straddling of worlds – is what’s great about this book’Jon Richardson

‘Immensely readable, fast moving and an insight into two sides of Kevin Bridges… Kevin’s warmth and wit shine through in his first novel’Jo Brand

Declan dreams of becoming a writer. It’s a dream that helps him escape the realities of his life – going through the motions at college and stacking supermarket shelves part-time, whilst fighting a battle with the ever-darkening thoughts in his head. He has his pet Labrador for companionship and his best friend-turned-mentor, a pseudo-intellectual who works as a greenskeeper at the local municipal golf course, both of which help keep the worst of his anxieties at bay. But following a drunken row with local gangsters, Declan’s worries threaten to spiral out of control. James Cavani – Declan’s idol and his hometown’s claim to fame – is a renowned writer, director and actor. But despite his success, his past hasn’t relinquished its hold of him, and through his younger sister’s battle with drug addiction, he finds himself returning to a world he thought he had escaped. At face value, their lives couldn’t be more different, but perhaps fate has a way of bringing kindred spirits together – and perhaps each holds the other’s redemption in their hands.