Wait for Me Jack   by Addison Jones    Sandstone (December 2016)


Wait for me Jack is a painfully honest excavation of a long marriage.  Despite the betrayals, the rows, the ennui of daily domesticity, this is a proper love story - that is the miracle Jones has wrought.  This novel is a lesson, not in how to find love, but how to make love last.

-    Tim Pears

Cynthia Rogerson’s latest novel (written under the name of Addison Jones) Wait for me, Jack is a poignant story of a marriage, told with tenderness, acuity and wit. Chronicling the marriage backward through the years, Rogerson’s apparently casual, but deft storytelling draws her reader to the beguilingly ‘natural’, but quietly startling truth that Milly and Jack in old age – the young Billie and Jacko – were quite different people when their relationship began. Rogerson moves seamlessly between the characters’ inner and outer lives to reveal the tensions between husband and wife and the paradoxes of marriage: the companionship and loneliness, attraction and repulsion, joy and sadness, contentment and frustration.  Time and place are characters too; Rogerson’s post-war California exerts as subtle but exact an influence as Anne Tyler’s Baltimore. The result is a wise, brilliantly observed and often very funny exploration of the attritions and enrichments of coupledom, and of love.

-    Morag Joss



If I Touched the Earth       Black & White 2012

Nothing less than Scotland’s very own Anne Tyler.

-          Alan Bissett 

Cynthia Rogerson’s intelligent and patient novel follows hard on the heels of Sue Peebles equally excellent prizewinning novel The Death of Lomond Friel.

-          The Scotsman

Handled with wit, tenderness and sureness of language. Original and accomplished.

-          Anne Donovan


I Love You, Goodbye         Black & White 2011

(Shortlisted for Scottish Novel of the Year 2011; translated into five languages.)

Rogerson is a master of fresh and sparky writing. A spirited and inventive novel by a Scots writer of considerable gifts.

-          The Guardian

 Captured me from the first...a hugely accomplished novel.

-          Louise Welsh

 Rogerson’s prose is impressive and deceptively powerful, making this a subtle and insightful read.

-          The Big Issue

A great read...it’s sexy, funny, full of laconic and tender insights into the wonderful mess that people make of their relationships, and into that elusive prey we call love.

-          Tim Pears

 A good writer, who thinks properly about the world.

-          The Scotsman

 What is love?  Love is the relationship that will develop between you and this quirky, wise, and fascinating novel. Your heart will pang with recognition again & again as Rogerson explores the foibles that make relationships so beautiful and so heartbreaking.  An engaging, insightful and witty novel that resonates with a profound emotional intelligence.

-          Kevin MacNeil

 Her style is easy and graceful, but her spiky humour takes most of the honours in this tale of kiss and don’t tell.

-          Scottish Review of Books


A Dangerous Place      Salt 2012  Stepping Out

(winner of the V.S.Pritchett Prize 2009)

 Cynthia Rogerson is a new writer of great clarity and humanity - definitely one to watch.

-          AL Kennedy

 Cynthia Rogerson tells a compelling and involving story.

-          Jackie Kay

 Cynthia writes with delicate poignancy and wit. Her stories, sometimes funny, sometimes slightly surreal, sometimes unbearably sad, unravel seamlessly and with a sense of place. Her characters are always utterly real.

-          Isla Dewar

 A Dangerous Place is an intensely felt and movingly rendered story.  A worthy prize winner.

-          Bernard MacLaverty

 Cynthia Rogerson is a writer of tremendous heart and intellect and manages to combine the two without trace of sentimentality. Like Alice Munro she writes with startling authenticity and is a North American writer with Scottish sensibilities. Her humour is sly, her characterisation superb, she winkles out and makes heroic the average nerd in all of us. She is a courteous rebel and currently one of Scotland’s best writers.

-          Laura Marney


 Cynthia Rogerson is a writer who brilliantly melds warm insight with sure eloquence, great characterisation with tight dialogue, terrific depths with vital subtleties. The overall effect is a literature that moves through beauty, humour and mystery towards a better understanding of what makes us human.

      -    Kevin MacNeil


The story is told with a measured calm, almost a distance and certainly a lack of  sentimentality.

Yet it is,  when she decides to take us close, just a breath away from

becoming intimate, moving, sad.  This is some feat for a writer, something we all want to

 achieve.  A beautiful short story.

-          Tim Pears

 

 Love Letters from my Death Bed      Two Ravens 2007

(nominated for the Saltire Prize and the Sundial SAC Prize 2009)


Witty, wise and on occasion laugh aloud funny.  A tonic for all those concerned with living more fully while we can.

-          Andrew Greig

 A delightfully funny and often deeply touching book.

-          Scottish Review of Books

 Cynthia Rogerson’s wonderfully eccentric Love Letters from my Death bed is achingly funny and deeply touching. 

-          Laura Hird (choosing Love Letters as her favourite book of 2007, for Scotland on Sunday)

 Zany, wise and deliciously funny, it’s immediately engrossing, totally engaging and written with style and verve.

-          Janet Paisley (choosing Love Letters as her favourite book of 2007 for Sunday Herald)


Upstairs in the Tent      Headline Review  2000

 

Her writing has a lovely spirit to it; an appealing mixture of the spiky and the warm.

-          Michel Faber

 A real page turner, witty and touching and true. I read it with delight.

-          Andrew Greig

 A story told with warmth and confidence, which avoids sentimentality.

-          Glasgow Herald

 Rogerson has an ability to inhabit all her characters convincingly. She sketches them with just the right amount of detail, chooses just the right aspects to emphasize.

-          Scotland on Sunday

 A tale that shines with the warmth and surprise of a weepy penned by Maeve Bincy with added vignettes a la Crichton Smith.

-          The Scotsman

Rogerson is a fine observer of human quirks, revealing a generous understanding of what it means to be an individual.

-          Sunday Herald 


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