From a converted church overlooking Glasgow, a former political correspondent watches the planes come and go, staring towards the countryside beyond the city while taking stock.
Beginning with the death of his wife, he gradually moves across their life together, between locations, snatching common memories, filling the past with details his children could never have known. At the same time, he is forced to concentrate on his own, immediate concerns; his loss of job, lack of friends, loneliness and crumbling attempts to fill his time. In Paris, on an unimportant newspaper assignment, he finds what he thinks is another beginning. The Casanova Papers are contemporary accounts, from a variety of sources, sightings, memories and opinions, of Giacomo Casanova de Signault, courtier, gambler, spy and writer – the man who gave his reputation to posterity, who struggled with his past and reconstructed his life into the way he wanted it to be remembered. As the narrative moves across time and location, what is the significance of these papers and what echoes do they contain? The Casanova Papers was shortlisted for both the McVitie and the Saltire awards.
Carl has written novels, collections of short stories, non-fiction, journalism, plays, radio programmes and television series. However he is most at home writing fiction. His work includes three prize-winning novels, four pamphlets and three collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and he has edited four anthologies, including the best selling The Devil and the Giro. He has also written and presented two major television series and is probably working on too many things.