"Paul and his brother Mikey are moving through a dreamlike Scottish landscape doing very bad things; both of them implacable, menacing and compelling. Daniel Shand's debut is a brilliant, unpredictable road novel, curdled through with a unique descriptive lyricism. My Book of the Year, and it is only Spring."
Daniel Shand puts these influences to excellent use to present us with a truly harrowing tale that self-assuredly combines picaresque elements with a fascinating psychological study. Shand’s debut novel is at times darkly comic, at others disturbingly unnerving. The powerful characters, the creative use of language, and the strong settings are particularly effective.
"Daniel Shand dares to make his debut, Fallow, both close to home and fantastical...brave and nasty, occasionally and uncomfortably funny...an exciting new name in Scottish literature..."
"On this evidence, Daniel Shand is one of the most exciting, talented young writers currently at work in these islands..."
"Shand coolly presents us with the disintegration of a personality. He does so with considerable skill and daring..."
"Fallow is a tense and suspenseful road trip to damnation..."