Much anticipated memoir on Wee Toon shelves

Mary Wareham attended the book signing and received a copy of Simon McLean's book. Photograph: Kenny Craig.

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The much anticipated memoir of former Campbeltown detective Simon McLean is finally available to buy, both in the Old Bookshelf in Kirk Street, Campbeltown, and on Amazon.

Many from Argyll couldn’t wait for the launch and pre-ordered their signed copies long ago, with the initial response being overwhelmingly positive. So much so that Simon held a special, physically-distanced signing session in the Argyll Arms Hotel on Main Street on Wednesday October 14, chatting to a steady stream of people looking for a signature or to buy the book.

Whilst the book is fun and engaging, there are some serious issues raised, such as Simon’s thoughts on the so-called ‘war on drugs’ that he helped wage across Scotland for many years, both as a detective and as an undercover officer.

The effect on the mental health of members of the emergency services is also a topic handled head-on, and such is the interest in the book and the subjects raised that Simon appeared on a global Shaun Attwood True Crime YouTube session attracting more than 15,000 watchers so far, and even featured on the Scottish tea time news last week.

Simon also revealed exclusively to the Courier that he has been invited to speak at the
The Future of Policing Conference in November.

He told the Courier: ‘It’s great that the book is causing some serious debate, and also giving some folk a good laugh and some fond memories. Getting back in touch with very old friends and colleagues has been the best part of this process.

‘I’d like to thank Kenny Craig and everyone who popped into the Argyll last week, but hopefully in the not too distant future we can have a proper night together to share old stories.’