Fellow author Louise Welsh predicts that Sue Peebles has ‘a great future as a writer’. Peebles’ debut novel is The Death of Lomond Friel (2010), an emotional but witty story of how Rosie, a successful radio presenter, deals with her father’s stroke. Set on the east coast of Scotland and exploring the complexities of family turmoil, The Death of Lomond Friel has been praised as a captivating read right from the first page. Peebles herself was born in Scotland, though as a child she spent some time in Detroit. She had a career in academia and social work, but is now a full-time writer, living in Fife. Her second novel, Snake Road, was published in 2013.
Sue Peebles' novel The Death of Lomond Friel was in the running for our inaugural Readers’ First Book Award in 2010. Each year, every one of the debut novels, novellas and short story collections appearing in our adult programme is entered into our First Book Award, and the winner is chosen by a public vote enabling readers to champion new fiction by voting for their favourite. Details of which authors are in the running for the award each year are announced here on our website when the Book Festival programme is launched in June.