Head for the Edge, Keep Walking – novel

Jill’s nine year relationship is over. She covers the sadness with madness, going dancing with her off-beat friends and enduring hilariously bad dates. Then life delivers some shocking news.

Events force Jill to head for the edge – will she fall headlong, or turn things around and keep walking?

“One of my favourite novels of recent years. Incredibly insightful, funny and poignant.”
Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers and The Growing Season.

“Savvy, gritty writing. Perfectly poised between heartbreak and hilarity.”
Toni Davidson, author of Scar Culture and My Gun Was As Tall As Me.

“Sharp-eyed, laconic-tongued, tender-hearted – Jill Beech is your new eccentric best friend. She makes a terrific debut in this witty, chatty, lyrical novel. You can trust her.”
Kevin MacNeil, author of The Stornoway Way.

“Both laugh-out-loud funny as well as poignant. Tough gets the balance between the weighty and the trivial just right, and if we laugh at what we recognise, we also mourn what, and whom, we might have lost.”
Lesley McDowell, author of Unfashioned Creatures.

Listen to short extracts.

“Opening”, 2m21
“Photographs”, 2m19

(The book is funny but we haven’t recorded a funny clip yet…!)

“This novel does what all the best books do – makes the reader think about choices and decisions made in his own life – and it does so in great style, emphatic and humane. The love for the city and people of Glasgow shines through, too – even in their grimmer aspects – in the rain and cold, drunk and morose; a rare enough feat in Scottish letters to be worth noting, and it made me feel like a tourist in my hometown at times, but in a good way.”
Nick Brooks, author of Indecent Acts.

What readers said online about Head for the Edge, Keep Walking:

“Fantastic read, meatier than the write up on the jacket implies and written in a refreshingly honest voice … with wit and warmth.”
M Paterson

“Written with the obvious skill of a natural wordsmith, with sentences that I wanted to read more than once to savour the beauty of their lyrical composition and poetic resonance.”
A MacD

“Hooked from the first page. Cannot recommend highly enough. Quirky endearing characters make it laugh out loud and heart breaking all at once.”
flyljw

“This is the first book I’ve encountered to accurately depict single-life for a 30-something – under pressure to get in a relationship against the unspoken but ever-present biological clock, anxious family and demanding friends. At times pretty harrowing, at other times hilarious. The key to the book’s success is its expertly-crafted, true-to-life prose, which often surprises and never patronises.”
G Tiefenbrun