On a tour with some young Americans the other day I told them that The Scotsman wonders if Welsh can repeat the trick of changing national discourse in the field of American gun culture (see previous blogs). One bright young girl said she wasn’t sure if it was fair even to suggest it – Welsh was so influential in the drug culture because he had personal experience of it, and she doubted that people who aren’t involved at that intense level could write with such force; and as far as we know, Welsh has not been involved with gun culture. It gave rise to an interesting discussion.

Meantime, I’m going through my drafts again, looking at the excellent comments from the publisher’s editor. There are firm plans in place to have my book out by August. More details when things become clearer.