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by Jaimie Batchan

'This is the end of the world.'

Find out more about this extraordinary book, and its four-year journey from submission to shelves, on the VP blog.

MacGregor is desperate to return home. Unfortunately, he’s marooned in the Gulf of Darién, following independent Scotland’s doomed colonisation attempt at the end of the 17th century. Worse still, he’s a character in a novel whose author is dying, and he’s running out of time.

As the author’s preoccupations, memories and spiralling thoughts start to pollute MacGregor’s world, he finds his narrative eroding and his escape routes blocked. Desperately clinging to hope, MacGregor is determined to keep his Creator writing long enough to deliver him home. But will he be able to drive the story to its end before his Creator reaches theirs?


Jaimie Batchan grew up in Hook Norton, a village on the edge of the Cotswolds famous for its beer. He has lived in various places including Reading, Oxford, Lancaster and Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he worked as an English teacher, copy-editor, proof-reader and football journalist. He currently lives in East London with his partner and daughter and co-produces the literature podcast Unsound Methods. His first novel, Siphonophore, was published by Valley Press in February 2021.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2021-02-04

ISBN: 9781912436545

Catalogue Number: VP0175

Number of Pages: 170

Cover design by Martina Klančišar and Peter Barnfather.

Cover photograph by Matty Smith.

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