'Soussi spellbinds. I could not put the book down.'
'... a fascinating and well written book which comes across as more like a novel as the pages turn.'
'James McBey ... has found a new champion in the journalist and writer Alasdair Soussi.'
'I could not wait to turn the page ... A must read for any Scottish Art enthusiast.'
‘James McBey and Alasdair Soussi are perfectly matched. The result is an enthralling read, a fascinating portrait of this important artist’
‘While the book sets out McBey’s successes, it pulls no punches when it came to his weaknesses – the chief one being women.’
‘His long and colourful life, full of adventurous travels and tempestuous affairs … makes compelling reading.’
'There’s an empathy in these pages which provides the book with a compelling vim and vigour.'
‘James McBey made his name as one of the great war artists in the Middle East: his famous painting of Lawrence of Arabia hangs in the Imperial War Museum. In this revelatory biography Alasdair Soussi brings this complex and mesmerising man to life, setting his art alongside his unrestrained private life, and giving him the literary portrait he has long deserved.’
‘The story of renowned Scottish etcher James McBey has found its ideal teller. Alasdair Soussi brings to life not only McBey’s prodigious talent, but also his profound restlessness and longing – for home, for love, for peace – as the artist grew from a dour childhood in his beloved Aberdeenshire to find a final resting place in his equally beloved Tangier. Striking just the right balance between empathy and dispassionate analysis as he depicts the man and the twentieth century worlds that stimulated his art, Soussi spellbinds. I could not put the book down.’
‘A wonderfully written insight to the remarkable real world of James McBey. Soussi’s amazing detective work reveals a true Scot dedicated to his art and the women who helped fuel it. Every chapter provides a previously unknown gem of information about the man who wound his way from humble beginnings in Aberdeenshire to acquiring homes on three continents, setting world record prices and comparisons with Rembrandt and Whistler along the way. I could not wait to turn the page. Having exhibited the work of McBey for over 30 years now in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Shadows and Light is the encyclopaedia on one of Scotland’s greatest and still most underrated artists that will forever be on my desk. A must read for any Scottish Art enthusiast.’