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agency01Welcome to the website of Roddy Phillips, columnist, arts critic, author of The Familiar and creative writing tutor. 

For the past 23 years, on a weekly basis, readers of the Scottish daily newspaper The Press & Journal have been given a candid and often humourous insight into Roddy’s family life.

The Familiar – A Life in Weekly Instalments is the first collection of some of Roddy’s finest work about his life, his artist-wife Catriona Millar and their family’s daily exploits – including the mouse that should have known better, the dire consequences of yoga, the perils of swimming, the bird in the bedroom and what happens when you navigate by emotional intelligence rather than SatNav.

Beautifully written, acutely observed and always amusing, The Familiar has something for everyone.

  • The Familiar