Document 209

Precis of "The Paix Machine"

Author(s): Iain W D Forde

Copyright holder(s): Iain W D Forde


"THE PAIX MACHINE" A novel in Scots by Iain W.D. Forde.

There are no contemporary novels in Scots. This book has been written both to provide enjoyable thoughtful Scots prose for knowledgeable readers and a valuable future source for young people who are now studying Scots in School and Universities.

The author was at a school in Edinburgh which valued Scots literature and was continually reminded of the durability of Scots vocabulary during his career as an architect in Scotland. The memory of childhood usages, stimulated by the publication of new reference books and texts, revealed to him a vigorous language well able to surmount the challenge of discursive prose.

"The Paix Machine" is a novel in Scots, containing three books, supporting poems and a play. The plots of each are distinct but come together during the lives of the three generations involved. The first book "The Auntieloip Houss" is of love, freedom and adventure found in the Zoological Gardens by Hugh Brecham who seeks refuge from his wife. He records the events in a diary and leaves this for his daughter who tells the story.

"The Backwattir Designautioun" is about her further tribulations in an exploited world and her Uncle's misguided efforts to right her wrongs.

The last book "The Inwut Vizzier" tells how her children are instrumental in transforming their world by removing the baleful influence of "The Paix Machine".

The poems examine repeated themes in the story.

The play "The Nicht's the Nicht" celebrates the Glad New Year.

This work is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

The SCOTS Project and the University of Glasgow do not necessarily endorse, support or recommend the views expressed in this document.


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Precis of "The Paix Machine"


Text audience

Other publishers who may be willing to publish a novel in Scots
Audience size 21-100
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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1996
Word count 254
General description sent to 75 publishers

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Leaflet/brochure (prospectus)

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Publisher Iain W.D. Forde
Publication year 1996
Place of publication Edinburgh

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Author details

Author id 624
Forenames Iain
Initials W D
Surname Forde
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Architect
Place of birth Edinburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Edinburgh
Region of residence Edinburgh
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Publisher
Father's place of birth Edinburgh
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Everywhere
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Where appropriate