The Other Side of Here by Perry Iles

A set of stories comprising a novel covering 200 years in a Scottish town from 150 years ago to 50 years into the future.

The Other Side of Here is a novel built from stories centring on Annandale, a small town in south-west Scotland. Annandale is remote, secluded and old-fashioned. It lies in a fold of the Southern Uplands, away from the larger cities.

Whilst each story stands alone, when put together the tales form a narrative in which individual episodes and characters are interlinked.

These are stories from all walks of life. Characters are young and old. Indeed, they’re old in some stories and young in others. The teenage businessman, the desperate single mother, the group of school friends growing up with drinking games and masterplans for escape. From music-obsessed teenagers dressed in black to dead scoutmasters and tornadoes, from dreams of Mediterranean paradises to blizzards and psychiatric case assessments, from love and lust to faded footnotes in the broad palette of modern music, and from ghostly Victorian teenagers to a future world ravaged by war, terror and disease.

The Other Side of Here is a comedy, a romance, an adventure and a work of fiction spanning nearly two centuries in which a Scottish community plays out its small-town history against the background of a changing world.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 18, 2008
  • Last updated May 18, 2008
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  • Retired user
    Andrea Taylor [Retired] wrote 2 years, 9 months ago
    Gosh, I absolutely loved this! I couldn't stop reading. This is a class act. Heaven knows why you are still sitting so low in the numbers; I guess its because either you are too busy (and this site does demand time and attention and the need to review other's work etc in order to progress, and most of us sort of like it/hate it, but mostly hate it) or you aren't that bothered about reaching the ED and just want ...
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    Maevesleibhin wrote 3 years, 10 months ago
    I just finished The Lights of St. Margaret's. Brilliant! I loved it. This is fantastic storytelling. I loved how you kept coming back to the stars without overstating the point, how you take me through hopefulness to hopelessness to hope. The story is engaging and funny and the characters rich and colourful. I will read the second story and comment on it separately, but from what I have seen I will back it happily. Maeve, author of Mrs. Maginnes is ...
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    spender [Retired] wrote 4 years, 1 month ago
    Perry, I really, really enjoyed reading 'The Lights of St.Margarets'. A story narrated faultlessly... and I wanted to read more! Believable and wonderfully painted characters combining in a down-to-earth, real-life story. Fantastic stuff. The second story was harder for me to get into, though again well written. I have to say that I found the repetition of Mary's name just a wee bit too much at times - though I don't know what to suggest to remedy that. Best wishes, ...
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    Kolro wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    Intertwining stories that span centuries are exactly the kind of things I look for but never find. Praise be to Thor that you've gone and penned one you magnificent mohawked bastard, you. The writing here revels in the difference between time periods and the humour is sly in its prowess. An excellent job that deserves more airtime...if it was a TV show....which it isn't.

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    writingmum [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    What a great idea. Well done you.
    Have you seen that competition that's just been released. It has to be set in Scotland, so I'm not entering but it might be good for you. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the link.
    Good Writing

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    Jupiter Echoes wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    A very good read. I'm no genius, but I a really do like this. I never read fantasy, which i write, and prefer other genres, because i learn more by other people's styles. So, fluid prose with fine characterisation. The premise tells me that more good stuff is to come. I can only back this.


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    Cat091971 wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    I feel I don't have the qualifications to do an in depth critique. Suffice it to say I would love to see this book in print.

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    Paolito wrote 6 years, 1 month ago
    The Other Side of Here... Maybe's it's the Irish in me, but I loved this. Truly literary writing, IMHO. The dialogue shines and the rhythm of your sentences sings true. I feel humbled and can't think of a constructive criticism. I do so hope that this lovely work finds a publisher. The fact that your stories are linked will help. Bravo. Shelved without a qualm. Cheers, Sheryl IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES (would love your honest reactions now that I'm ...
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    LittleDevil wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    I remember this from youwriteon. If I remember rightly it did quite well. I was on the same training course with Bobby Sands cousin once. Can't remember his name and it's not at all relevant but I just thought I'd mention it.
    Happy to give this a spin on the shelf and see how it gets on here too.
    Best wishes Perry
    Sue (A Boy Called George)

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    Margaret Anthony [Retired] wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    What a great start you have made. Two very different stories both brilliantly told. I came across this by chance and so glad I did. You have humour, imagery, spot-on dialogue and believable characters, what a fine mix.You are a natural story teller and I look forward to reading more. Meanwhile on my shelf and I hope others see it. Margaret.
    Candles in the Garden &
    The Spirit of the Butterfly.

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    AliB wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Hello Perry I have thoroughly enjoyed your two chapters and am very impressed with your writing. As an exiled Scot I simply searched ‘Scotland’ and ‘The Other Side of Here’ immediately took my eye. I like the idea of linked stories (eg Lake Wobegon?) and it’s a great way (only way?) to get short stories on the market. I find your writing confident and satisfyingly lyrical while retaining the spark of every day realism. The first story I find very ...
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    mackenziespence wrote 6 years, 4 months ago

    This is good stuff Perry. I'll come back later to read more.

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    Davina Emms wrote 6 years, 6 months ago

    Hey, I'm new to this authonomy thing, but I started out searching for comedy and hit two gems right off, this and 'Forged Truth'. This is gentler but I still loved it. This is the greatest site ever.

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    Perry Iles Author wrote 6 years, 7 months ago

    Many thanks to all who have posted comments on this recently. I really appreciate the kind words, and the support I'm getting here is invaluable.


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    Lorri Proctor [Retired] wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    I found this some time back, put it on WL then thought, maybe not -but seeing it on Judith's shelf (she knows her stuff that gal) have come back and I love it. It's good to read some shorter stories and your sense of atmosphere came over at once in the first paragraph with Venus twinkling above the tree tops. It's humorous, realistic, the characters deliciously drawn. I agree, you should be higher. So I will back you and wish ...
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    Pierre Van Rooyen wrote 6 years, 8 months ago

    Have just added The Other Side of Here to my watchlist. regards. Pierre.

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    suecroz wrote 6 years, 8 months ago

    Perry - I loved the first paragraph and then the one after that and after that. You are a true storyteller. You sort of remind me of a guy my siblings and I used to listen to on the radio as kids in the sixties. Can't remember his name right now. I'll back your book.

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    zenup wrote 6 years, 8 months ago

    Great, natural storytelling and thank you for not putting us through too much dialect. I'd back this for its title, alone.

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    Perry Iles Author wrote 6 years, 8 months ago
    I've been remiss in posting my thanks for comments on this (again). Everyone must be thinking what an ungrateful sod I am. So, for recent posts, comments and backing, thanks to Heather, So, Dai, Melissa, Bluestocking, Dee and Jak. Heather, many thanks for pointing out the typos. Always nice to clean things up properly Message function? What is this thing you call message function? I'll have to look into the heart of my own technological Luddism and bring myself up ...
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