Jessie was born in 1958. As she grew older she enjoyed mountain walking and observing the British wildlife. In 2007 she bought her first caravan and spent many holidays in Scotland. Her successful accountancy career in local government came to an end following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2010.
The initial diagnosis was met with a mixture of relief and fear. Relief, that at last a reason for her inability to walk as easily as she had done previously, had been identified. Fear as to what life held in store for the future.
Jessie was determined to keep busy and so wrote her first novel ‘Camus Calling’. She decided to write about the subject she loves caravanning and Scotland. ‘Camus Calling’ is a fictional, humorous story drawing upon material from Jessie’s own experiences. Following enthusiastic reviews from her readers and requests to write a sequel she has now released ‘Camus Answers’ which continues the story. She has now been encouraged by her publisher to explore the possibility of turning the story in to either a TV or film project!
Jessie’s husband has researched his family history linked to the West Coast of Scotland. He vividly remembers the words of his great grandmother who had fond memories of the island of Ulva, just off the Isle of Mull. Both novels include many references to these two islands and to the Highland Clearances.
Jessie is an active member of the local MS branch and donates some of the proceeds from her books to the MS Society. She continues to enjoy the beauty of Scotland using her mobility scooter, taking her to unimaginable heights and relatively inaccessible trails. Knowing that MS is progressive illness Jessie is determined to embrace every moment.
A refreshingly gentle, relaxed, easy read with little insights into the history of the Western Isles and ways of life - the author has obviously researched well - contrasting with the light-hearted story-telling. The main characters, Reg and Phyllis, instead of waiting for their retirement in order to sit back and take it easy, decide instead to become wardens of a rather neglected caravan site in Scotland.
A little story is attached to each of the visitors to the site, along with how the local community support Reg and Phyllis in their endeavours to make a success of their new life and charming descriptions of the scenery and wildlife. How the concept of get-away-from-it-all can be realised - and I should think it will definitely resonate with caravanners and those who love to visit Scotland.
Although I have neither holidayed in a caravan, nor been to Scotland, it rather makes me want to do both!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys travelling holidays - whether from experience or from their armchair.
I look forward to Camus Calling, the sequel.
I fell in love with the characters right away and can't wait for the sequel to come out.
The historical background information helps to make this book so interesting.
I read Camus Calling and wondered how the author could keep the characters and story line in the second book as interesting as the first. Jessie Mac Quarrie has done a wonderful job.
I have laughed with this book and also shed a wee tear, but most of all I have loved reading every page.