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Novgorod - the cover NOVGOROD THE GREAT


The original edition of the book spawned a number of reviews. To read any one of them in full,
click on the wee open book book icon next to it.


Is he back yet? (13 September 2020)
It is 200 years since John Dundas Cochrane set off from Calais on his lengthy pedestrian journey. In celebration (?), Glasgow's Sunday Herald has published - with my modest help - an informative article on John and his young wife, as well as the rest of the curious Cochrane family.
The article can be viewed online here...


The Scotsman, 2 October 2010 click here to read it

'This book will be loved by anyone keen on tales of derring-do, and everyone who's ever met an entrancing stranger and found themselves asking "What if?"'

The Skinny, 22 September 2010 click here to read it

'The tales range into entertainingly bizarre areas... The main characters are well written and it is quite comedic at times... A good story and an enjoyable read...' (3 Skinnies of a possible 5)

The [Glasgow] Herald, 30 October 2010 click here to read it

'It's fun, evoking the period...while ditching most of the ornate language that might be a stumbling block for modern readers. You couldn't make this up.' ('Paperback of the Week')

The Big Issue, 4 October 2010

'There is a certain ornate humour to Drummond's writing, and Novgorod The Great has plenty of ideas thrown into the pot...'

Amazon customer 5-star reviews, 2014 click here to read it

'A well written and constantly amusing book.'
'Drummond has been quoted as saying that he writes novels because nobody else writes the kind of novel he wants to read. I can believe that, because he doesn't really write or sound quite like anyone else.'

...and INTERVIEWS...

Lee Randall of The Scotsman interviewed me at the time of the publication of Novgorod - click here to read it

The Scots Heritage Magazine, Autumn 2014, had a five-page spread - entitled 'The Wanderer' - on John Dundas Cochrane, his adventures and Mrs Cochrane. And an interview with myself. A (greyscale) facsimile of the interview appears here. Click here for more information on the magazine.