ARC Review: Mary’s The Name – Ross Sayers

Release Date: 30th January 2017
Publisher: Cranachan Books
Pages:  314
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Mary and her Grandpa are on the run, but who from?


An eight-year-old girl and her granpa are on the run…

“When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn’t have guns like that in Scotland. That must’ve been why the robbers used hammers.”

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him–and their money.

Mary’s quirky outlook on life, loss, and her love of all things Elvis, will capture your heart. Full of witty Scots banter, Mary’s the Name will have you reaching for the hankies, first with laughter, then with tears.


I absolutely loved this book.  Since finishing its I think I’ve recommended it to about seven different people. It’s sweet, funny and very moving.  This already hits one of the top spots for favourite books of the year, and it’s only February. Mary’s the Name is absolutely a must read.

The whole book is told from the perspective of Mary. She’s eight, and has a very interesting outlook on life. She’s hilarious, her thought processes and some of the things she says had me laughing on the bus and during my lunch break. I took a while to read Mary’s the Name, because it’s such a lovely wee story. I loved seeing things from Mary’s perspective. She’s so witty and clever, she has an opinion on just about everything, and I loved that about her. Sayers did a fabulous job of writing from a wee lassie’s perspective, you can imagine a young girl asking speaking the way she does and behaving that way.

Mary and her Grandpa have such a wonderful relationship. With her parents dying in a car crash, it’s just the two of them. They’re so close – watching James Bond films and doing all sorts together. Their relationship got me misty eyed more than a few times, and it’s such a lovely story of family and trust. I rooted for them from the very first chapter right to the very end.

The story is a fascinating one, and has a roller-coaster of emotions. To be entirely honest, I felt like I needed a lie down after finishing it, I was so invested in these characters, and I had one hell of a book hangover after I’d finished reading. The book is also starts off in Stirling in Scotland before Mary and her Grandpa move to Portree in Skye. Being a Stirling resident myself I loved the style of writing and the Scottish dialect that was included. It’s a great touch and makes the characters seem all the more realistic.

I do also feel like the book stays with you after you’ve finished reading. I found myself still thinking about it even though I was moving on to read other things. It really is a fantastic début novel, and one I would definitely read again.

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