Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.


Cover image: Line Hoven

This could be the best or worst weekend of Susie Q’s life, depending on her choices.

Follow one of the most original voices you’ll hear in literature this year – a Scottish, working-class Holly Golightly – as she tries to navigate 48 hours of the East Coast party scene…with your help 😉

You can read an interview with me about the book here and pick up a signed copy here.

From the reviews:

“Both brilliantly crafted and somehow unsettling. Bissett creates a unique and eloquent voice for Susan.” – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“Pacey, gritty, fearless, it won’t disappoint.” – Kiera Brown, The Fountain

“He has once again proved to be one of the most inventive and thoroughly entertaining writers around. A warm and welcome return.” – Alasdair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

“Bissett is one of the few truly experimental novelists working in the UK” – Michel Faber, author of Under the Skin

“Alan Bissett’s return to prose is better than your favourite band’s comeback tour. One of Scotland’s boldest voices reminds us what we’ve been missing. Rarely is a book so worthy of starting all over again as soon as finished.” – Michael Pedersen😍

Lazy Susan is a marvellous example of Bissett’s laudable talent in creating witty, human, flawed, and yet thoroughly empathetic characters, whose plights and journeys you are invested in from the first page. Susie’s varied adventures, all of which are worth taking, hit home the impact of the choices we make, as well as those ultimate factors that are outwith our control, no matter what we do. I adored this novella, and find myself wanting to meet Susie again. You will too.” – Jenny Lindsay

Lazy Susan is one hell of a smart novella, crackling with energy from start to finish. Susan’s character is created so vividly that she may as well be sat beside you, sharing her escapades over a glass of white wine. Alan Bissett’s storytelling is fast-paced and hilarious, peppered with moments of crippling poignancy. What an addictive read.” – Imogen Stirling

Lazy Susan is Bissett at his best – warm, mischievous and funny as fuck. Spending an evening in the company of Susan is a riotous pleasure. The masterful structure gives you real agency over the course of her rowdy journey – from hotel rooms to fringe shows to a hilarious comedy debut – I chose the destinations but it was Susan that took me for a ride. The perfectly observed speech patterns and dialogue brings to life a character who revels in her own authenticity. Bold, witty and sometimes hilariously unaware; Susan is the sort of one woman party you’d kill for a night out with in the real world.” – Kevin P. Gilday