In The Shadow of Piper Alpha

A tender, vivid portrait of trauma and recovery, tragedy and humanity. Iain Maloney’s deeply felt story outlines the layered geologies of loss. The responses of frail humanity to a dangerous world is resonant and haunting, and his depiction of one if Scotland’s most traumatic incidents is both spare and devastating. Philip Miller, author of Goldenacre

‘A cauldron of a book, bubbling with anger and magma which might at any moment spill over and bring further devastation. It is both particular to this tragedy in 1988, but also universal; a compelling story exploring how a father’s trauma sends shock waves through a family, changes the pattern of lives – particularly his daughter’s – and makes love risky. However, as well as being about damage and running away, it is also about healing.’
Linda Cracknell, author of The Other Side of Stone

‘This novel deserves a wide readership. It will resonate with anyone who remembers the night of Piper Alpha; with anyone suffering PTSD, for any reason; with those trying to love them and live with them; with those trying to treat them; and with those more generally interested in understanding this area of human experience. It is also simply a compelling and highly engaging story, told with insight and compassion.’ Alison Miller, author of Demo and Scots Scriever for Orkney

‘The characters are well drawn and believable; the tortured survivor, struggling with dreams and the need to blot out memories with the bottle; the child damaged as much by the implosion of her parents’ marriage as the diaster; and the guilt ridden mother who has positioned herself outside the close unit of father and daughter but who still wants to revel in Carrie’s achievements. The night of the disaster is sensitively and evocatively handled. […] Digging through a hard exterior to explore the layers beneath can be a dangerous and explosive exercise, whether that’s the earth’s crust or a human’s weaker shell. In this novel both are explored in equally compelling ways.’ Scotsman

‘He’s crafted a powerful portrayal of how the consequences of such a disruptive event can reverberate through people’s lives for decades afterwards … his characters are consistent, making believable, relatable choices.’ The Herald

‘Iain Maloney has done it again. He has written a book that simply must be read. … Maloney leads us through the tale with great sensitivity and understanding. In this, he is masterly. It is an astonishing tour-de-force. It is an object lesson in how an author of fiction should approach the telling of a real-life tragedy of this kind, where 167 men lost their lives in a horrifying inferno. It is really difficult to find the words that are adequate to the task of praising this book. If you want to understand modern Scotland, this book is necessary. If you want an insight into the nature of trauma, this book is essential. It is not an easy read, but it will make you care deeply. That can only benefit you.’ David KenvynFor The Joy of Reading

‘Iain Maloney’s best book to date, not only an entertaining and thoughtful one, but, I would suggest, an important one… Maloney not only pays respect to the memory of that terrible event, he offers fresh insight into how individuals and their families and friends cope – or more often fail to cope – with trauma, and the humanity behind the headlines.’ Alistair Braidwood, Gutter 15 and Scots Whay Hae

‘The Waves Burn Bright takes you on one of those rare, utterly enjoyable literary experiences where you find yourself disappointed to have to close its pages.’ Nothing in the Rule Book

‘It reminded me a little of Iain Banks and his interwoven families — a Crow Road sort of a book — loss, distance, redemption.’ Simon Sylvester, author of The Visitors.

‘The pouer o Maloney’s tale-tellin is fair winnersome whiles… it wul be lang or it eilies awa frae your mynin.’ J. Derrick McClure in Lallans 89.

Important Dates

Oct 16: Japan Writers Conference

Nov 3: Envy the Season is published on Tapsalteerie

Nov 12: Red Flag Waltz debut mini-album released

Nov 12: Gig at JJs Blues House, Gifu

Dec 3: Gig at House of Crazy, Toyohashi

Dec 17: Gig at JJs Blues House, Gifu

Jan 21: Gig at Daytrive, Nagoya

July 2023: New book is out (details to be announced)

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