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Trackman by Catriona Child

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Davie was about to leave the MP3 player lying on the pavement when something stopped him. A voice in his head. You’ll regret it if you leave it. You’ll only come back for it later.

In Catriona Child’s powerful debut novel, Davie Watts is the Trackman. 

When a homeless man gifts Davie with an old MP3 player, he has no idea what to do with it. After all, it  is rusted, cracked and doesn’t even have any buttons!

But all that changes with two little words

Welcome Trackman

Somehow, the device knows what song to play to you and exactly when you need to hear it.
It is up to Davie to seek out strangers in need and help them using the power of music.

But can a song really change a life?
Can a song bring people, places and moments in time alive again?

Both humorous and poignant, Catriona Child weaves magic and healing into contemporary Edinburgh through one man and his unusual MP3 player.

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Catriona on the Scots Whay Hae Podcast

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‘In her debut novel, Catriona Child has all the makings of a cult hit. While it’s mostly told in Davie’s voice, frequent intrusions from an omniscient narrator ramp up the sense of dread as we discover more and more about his past. She handles the tension between the fantastical premise and the raw and sensitive matter of a dead schoolboy tastefully, and the book’s sense of place makes it a delight for lovers of Edinburgh.’  ALASTAIR MABBOTT, THE HERALD

‘This tale of loss and isolation is a powerful piece of contemporary Scottish literature that expertly blends the fantastical subject matter with a profound look at the destructive effects of bereavement.’  ROWENA McINTOSH, THE SKINNY

Music Therapy

Music is a great blessing, it has the power to elevate and liberate us, it sets people free to dream, it can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music. NELSON MANDELA

Music plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can be exciting or calming, joyful or poignant, can stir memories and powerfully resonate with our feelings, helping us to express them and to communicate with others. BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC THERAPY

Curious about the importance of music to memory and everyday life? Find out more about music therapy here. 


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