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By: Alan Forsyth

Milk Tea Can't

Pages: 232 Ratings: 4.8
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As soon as you discover Fraser walking backward and barefoot on the Meadows, Edinburgh Castle splashed by Hogmanay fireworks, you will be hooked.

You will be further compelled when you find out Edinburgh is a character in the novel, her worried eye on Fraser that ominous night.

Allow yourself to be both warmed and appalled with the characters you will meet, all in some way dealing with core human concerns that resonate with us all. 

Taking place in such a charming location, this is a book that celebrates the spirit of the city and its people whilst exposing the underbelly that can destroy all of us.

Wow. This is heavy-hitting stuff.  There is gold in here.” Dane Picken, Screen Writer & Filmmaker, Australia.

This is a book that will generate important conversations.

Alans’s early career included supporting large corporations, like Yellow Pages Australia and Simplot, where he encouraged teams and managers to improve their performance which flowed onto them becoming better people, teams and leaders.

His acumen in helping people transform was also applied in small business, learning institutions and charities and it was not unusual to see him out on the streets supporting young homeless people and helping young leaders to be better leaders.

In recent years, Alan has been entertaining a growing number of subscribers in his More Than a Blog segment on his website, A student of literature, he was praised as a teacher of English to senior students at the prestigious Korowa Anglican Girls School, in Melbourne Australia.

Alan is celebrated as a leader in community and charity, more recently founding and chairing the Men of Leith Men’s Shed, a vital charity in Leith Scotland. He also has a strong academic background with a flair for turning ideas into action. His undergraduate qualifications in psychology combined with extensive postgraduate qualifications in organisational change, ontology and mindfulness provide a rich background to his pursuits as a writer and speaker.

He recently returned to Melbourne, Australia following five years in Scotland. Having completed his second book, Milk Tea Can’t, he will continue to enjoy writing, travelling with his wife and performing with choirs. He will of course continue to provide direct help to charities.

Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • Yvonne Junor

    I found this book to be thought provoking and compelling. Through the main character Fraser and the background of Edinburgh, the story touches on many human concerns, mental health, relationships, sexuality, religion and homelessness. As the story unfolds and the characters develop, it reminds us of the weakness, strengths and vulnerability in all of us. An Excellent read.

  • Max

    An intriguing and captivating story of a dysfunctional family. Couldn’t put it down.
    I really enjoyed the book. Alan slowly draws you into the web of a dysfunctional family as introduced by the city of Edinburgh in each chapter. Each of the family members’ history, character, interrelations, and interactions with others are revealed until you cannot put the book down as the crescendo builds into a number of climatic and life-changing outcomes for each one. Some of the characters will appall, some will inspire, and some will resonate with you as the story unfolds and life choices are made where getting ‘back on the rails and off the rails’ are explored. The plethora of human possibilities are presented to the reader to captivate and draw you in.
    A powerful read.

  • Edinburgh takes a leading role.

    As a resident of Edinburgh, it was interesting to see her taking a leading role in this first novel by Alan Forsyth …she’s a strong character.
    The challenge undertaken to combine all these characters in a story was a formidable one. Alan did it well.
    I am sure I recognized some of the characters portrayed in this troubled but lovable city….I certainly recognize many of the human concerns.
    A very successful first novel; I am looking forward to the next one.

  • Linda May

    An excellent debut novel set in the beautiful, grand city of Edinburgh. With an instantly engaging narrative and dark, recognisable characters, this book graphically reveals a disturbing society existing behind tidy houses and net curtains. A compelling thought-provoking read from an author who has insight into the society we live in.

  • Alessandro Carosi

    I lived in Edinburgh and now back to London and reading the book it takes me back to all the parts of the cities I used to spend time walking or hanging around with friends, I got back to Scotland for work for 10 days and have been fun to visit the places where the main carachters spend time living, knowing each other and searching for Frasers.
    What a beautiful trip reading the book it got the power to make you exploring edimburgh even if you never been there ….. something I highly reccomebd once in life, visit Scotland cause the energy is powerful.

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