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Fleming Press, 2016

Tam O'Shatner

Reviews from Amazon customers

"Still smiling after reading this. Great wee tale, well told, loads of laughs and lots of insights into Glasgow life. If you've never read Burns, you'll still enjoy this. If you have, then you'll get an extra layer of joy!"

"Hilarious! Witty, cheeky & irreverent. A brilliant present for any fan of performance poetry, sci-fi or Burns!"

"A masterpiece not to be missed. You won’t be disappointed."

"Hilarious, affectionate tale of finding your way home from a Glesga pub on a wild and stormy night with undead bams and alien abductions thrown in for good measure. Also a superb resetting of the Burns poem. Great fun all round."


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It’s closing time at the pub. Swally merchant and Star Trek hater Tam o’ Shatner’s just blown his last fiver on last orders. Taxi fare spurned and a wrathful waiting wife at home, in his quest to hoof it hame, oor Tam must brave the sub-zero brutality of the Glesga winter, the wandering ghosts of the Necropolis, and freaky lights in the sky, hovering with anal-probing intent above Mount Vernon Park.


Two and some quarter centuries ago, Robert Burns, Bard of Ayrshire, published a poetic tour de force. An epic, supernatural parable of whisky, witchcraft, sex and Satanism. That poem, was Tam o' Shanter.


Here, D.A. Watson pays homage to the Burns masterpiece. 

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