The Lady, May 2019
“This beautifully written, gritty and funny satire about female friendship, sadness and illness should appeal to fans of TV series Fleabag … Its taut and unflinchingly candid narrative holds the reader’s attention … At first I wrongly classed it as chick-lit, but it is much more profound. Pack it for your next holiday”
Sainsbury’s Magazine, April 2019
“Rhona is no more a type than any one of us.”
Hello! Magazine, 22nd April 2019
“A brilliant observation on relationships and friendships… funny… poignant… Along with tears and anger, there’s laughter and hope.”
Review at TheBookBag.co.uk
“Have you ever got to the bottom of the first page in a book and known that you were going to love it? What a wonderful character Rhona is. It’s a book to keep: I’ll certainly be reading it again before too long… Kate Tough writes superbly: There isn’t a wasted word. I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next.”
The Scotsman, 13th April 2019
“The inclusion of Rhona’s illness is shocking and brave and differentiates it from other books… Tough is clearly an accomplished writer. Thoughtful… off-the-wall at times. Surprising…”
“Although I would say that “Keep Walking Rhona Beech” is extremely amusing and, at times, positively hilarious, this is qualified by a feeling of great sadness, too. It’s a journey of loss, companionship, love and needing to be happy with your life, with or without a Significant Other. The reader is taken on a journey to experience, along with Rhona, her everyday struggles with her current life, as in her purpose, friendships, love and even her very identity. Rhona and her pals are just like the rest of us – likeable, flawed and sometimes perplexing. The journey ranged from the mundane to the downright outrageous that had the effect, at times, that I WAS Rhona.”
“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 – Rhona 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.
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“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 Keep Walking, Rhona Beech:
“Fantastic read, meatier than the write up on the jacket implies and written in a refreshingly honest voice … with wit and warmth.”
“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.”
“Hooked from the first page. Cannot recommend highly enough. Quirky endearing characters make it laugh out loud and heart breaking all at once.”
“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.”