Jenni Fagan says:
One of my favourite Scottish writers of all time. This book is a classic that should go out to a far wider audience.
Jessie Kesson was an extraordinary writer, a great mind and someone we should value more deeply in Scottish literary heritage. She is also the writer I wish most to have met so we could have gone out to drink gin and dance.
White Bird Passes has such a sense of place. It is set initially on The Lane where a young girl is taken by the ‘Cruelty man,’ into care.
Kesson is a writer who I think about often. I used her name for my protagonist as a private nod from one Scottish female writer raised in the care system, with all the bias that holds, to another from a previous generation who also set out very much, despite overwhelming odds, to be a great writer.