The Star Witness

By Andy Hamilton

The comedy legend’s first novel charts a TV soap star’s descent into disgrace and his attempts to recover his dignity

Monday, 4 November 2019

A brand new book from Andy Hamilton

We’re thrilled to announce Longhand, a new book from Andy Hamilton, and it’s a little bit different… 

You can find out more, and pledge to support it, here. 

Malcolm George Galbraith is a large, somewhat clumsy, Scotsman. He’s being forced to leave the woman he loves behind and needs to explain why.

To do that, he’ll have to tell her the whole story of his life. And it’s a long one. Three hundred pages long, all written by hand.

It’s a story he hasn’t shared before, because Malcolm isn’t what he seems: he’s had other names and lived in other places. This is his story of tragedy, comedy, mystery, a touch of leprosy, several murders, a massacre, a ritual sacrifice, an insane tyrant, two great romances, a landslide, a fire and a talking fish. 

But that’s not all that makes Longhand special. Andy Hamilton has waited thirty years to tell Malcolm’s story. Because there’s only ever been one way to tell it: in longhand. Andy’s always written but this is the first time he’s found a publisher willing to publish him that way. All three hundred pages, reproduced in Andy’s perfectly legible italic handwriting (with the odd crossing out).

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