There are currently three volumes of Roddy’s columns available in kindle and paperback format, The Familiar, Armchair Theatre and Lost for Words.

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Roddy’s page on amazon

Review of The Familiar

Roddy Phillips’ collection of columns, originally printed in the Press and Journal is a delightful record of the quirky, eccentric and downright bizarre in the day-to-day commonplace.

From the shock of waking up to find a bird not only in his bedroom, but on his head, and an emergency lesson in plumbing as two toilet systems threatened to flood over the beech flooring of his steading, to seeing the ghostly and ghoulish takeover Aberdeen on Halloween, his columns offer a gentle and humorous escape from the daily grind which reminds readers to see the fun in the everyday.

The Familiar is, in essence, a series of short stories about Phillips, his wife Catriona Millar, their children and their life in the countryside. It would be a great addition to the coffee table, fun to delve into and pick one at random for a quick pick-me-up, or read as a whole, offering a comic insight into the life of one family in the north-east of Scotland.

Joanna Skailes – Press and Journal 22.08.09

Excerpt from the foreword to The Familiar

“Insight, humour, an eye for the absurd and the downright ludicrous and an ability to filter the everyday to extract the extraordinary are essential tools of the columnist’s craft. Roddy Phillips has an abundance of these tools at his disposal.”

“The day-to-day banter of family relationships the ups and downs of village life and the vagaries of dealing with shop assistants, tradesmen and the jobsworths we all know and loathe give Roddy a rich source of material.”

“To keep a regular column going over many years, making sure it remains fresh and interesting, is no easy feat and many fall by the wayside. Roddy has stood the test of time and he remains that rare phenomenon, a columnist that readers look forward to with anticipation.”

“Sometimes, his analysis of what he observes seems to stun even himself. It really can be a weird and wonderful world. Enjoy this collection of his work. It will make you laugh, it will make you think, and there might even be a warm glow to be had along the way. “

Tom Forsyth
February 2009

Beautiful Lies is the title of the forthcoming anthology of Bourne to Write writers. It will be available soon amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

The best short stories should haunt you for days and weeks. They should startle you and make you want to read more by the same author. In this anthology of 32 new writers you’ll find refreshing, creative voices that will constantly surprise and delight. Most of the writers are published here for the first time in print. Online their work has appeared under the writing workshop banner of Bourne to Write, led by the writer and critic Roddy Phillips. As they were written in the Workshop many of the pieces share themes, lines and subject matter, yet each one is unique and beautiful lie just waiting to be brought to life by you the reader.