Lisa O’Donnell, the author of the best-selling and award-winning novel The Death Of Bees, returned to one of her favourite childhood haunts this week when she spoke to members of Rothesay Library’s reading group.
Lisa, who was raised on Bute, moved back to the island from Los Angeles last year - and though she now lives in Glasgow, she returned to Rothesay to hear what members of the reading group, which is celebrating its tenth birthday, thought of her debut novel, published to great acclaim in 2012.
“I had the best time on this island, coming to this library,” she said. “I spent hours in here.
“I used to come back here all the time. I read, and read - I read everything in this library.”
Lisa’s new novel, Closed Doors, which is set in Rothesay, is released in the UK in July, though it has already attracted glowing reviews following its US launch last month: the New York Times, for example, said she “avoids triteness in this story of lost innocence, favoring candor and dark humor in the aftermath of violence”.
Describing the story, Lisa said: “It’s about a secret that is really hard to keep and the consequences of keeping it and telling it.
“I set it in Rothesay because it was home, and I know that area really well, and it really helped me create a fine sense of place in my book. And it actually was fun to write because of that.”