Author of Happiness Is Wasted On Me


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Alastair Mabbott at The Herald: By the time it’s occurred to us that Sadie, Call the Polis might actually be a meditation on revenge, we’ve been through so much with her that it’s a wrench to realise that this deeply affecting novel will soon be over.

Undiscovered Scotland: “Sadie, Call The Polis” is a poignant tale of a life well lived, if not lived in a way that the reader might aspire to. (..) Sadie is a survivor not a quitter and, as I learned more about her, this reader found herself urging Sadie on to better things.

Undiscovered Scotland wrote: There are books you enjoy and then forget. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just move on and find another book to enjoy, then probably forget that one too. Much rarer is the experience of stumbling across a book that you know immediately will stick in the mind; a book that gets under the skin; a book that stands out from the crowd; a book you might even find time to come back to and read again one day. “Happiness is Wasted on Me” by Kirkland Ciccone is one of those rare creatures.

The Bookwitch wrote: Kirkland Ciccone has done that thing which is so often a good move for an author. He has gone home. To Cumbernauld, in fact. Not that he ever left, but in writing his new – adult* – novel, Happiness Is Wasted On Me, he has re-visited his own life. I don’t care how much he says he’s not Walter. This book is home… I can’t recommend Kirkland’s book enough.

Book Banter wrote: This is a comedic, yet darkly funny tale and there’s no way of giving it a genre… It’s unique.

Fleaing wrote: This is a beautiful coming-of-age tale filled with heartache and laugh-out-loud moments, all with a sprinkling of 90s nostalgia. Please go read this you won’t be disappointed!

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