The Real Mackay

Walter Scott’s Favourite Comedian

Historical fiction, based on fact, about the life and times of ‘The Real Mackay’ the favourite stage comedian of Sir Walter Scott. A novel which brings to life the golden era of Scottish national drama in the early 19th Century.

The Real Mackay

'An utterly enthralling book - immensely successful, minutely researched and very moving.'

Professor Sir Iain Torrance, former chair of The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club (2019 – 22)

Helen Graham

Over the years I've worked as a knitwear designer and a filmmaker and co-founded a film festival, but now I'm mostly researching and writing. I have three children and five grandchildren and live in Edinburgh. Based on the life of my ancestor, The Real Mackay is my debut novel.

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‘I absolutely loved it. I was hooked by the historical record and superb love story Helen’s tenacious research and innovative imagination deliver. She has done her ancestor proud.’

Sandra Mackay – President of the Clan Mackay Society

Theatrical History Snippets

I keep discovering so many interesting things during my research that I know will never make it onto the pages of a book, but I still really want to write about them. Starting a blog seemed like a good idea!