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Inverness Book Launch: Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell

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Meet author Angus Peter Campbell Waterstones Inverness.

Memory and Straw follows the life-changing realisation made by Artificial Intelligence programmer Gavin McDonell. Based in Manhattan and at the top of his game professionally, he is tasked with creating kindly looking face bots for machines designed to care for the elderly in their own homes.

Disquieted at the ethical implications of his work and as a diversion from slinging code, McDonell embarks on a personal voyage of discovery into his family history and its roots in the Gaelic culture of the Western Isles of Scotland. Traversing nearly 200 years and five generations, the stories he uncovers encompass poverty, love, war, prosperity, religion and folk belief.

In the process, he is challenged with who he really is and might be. Finding it hard to square AI projects that commodify love and empathy with the business of honestly being human and true to himself, he and his lover start drifting apart and in so doing, sense the possibility of a new closeness.

This ambitious new novel finds Angus Peter Campbell at the height of his powers. In subtle, allusive, musical prose he has created a superb imaginative unity. The delicate, evocative and even startling way he negotiates this fascinating labyrinth of thought and lateral connection evokes the work and preoccupations of writers such as Javier Marias and Jorge Luis Borges.

With Memory and Straw, Campbell takes his place on the world stage, tackling critical moral and ethical issues for humanity in an environment where technologies are fast outstripping the capacities of their inventors and the internet is streaming into every aspect of life.

'This novel is about living, nothing less. A glorious adventure in voices, it sifts through memory and randomness, what we retain and do not, the vividness of the fragments that inexplicably linger in technicolour, and our own, never-outgrown, absurdity. It’s about land and water and fairies; the marvellous and the unavoidable, and what we fi nally, with due modesty, grasp as essential. An irrepressible, quite remarkable, joy.' JANICE GALLOWAY

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