Publications by Jess Smith

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Testimonials / Reviews

"Takes you into an unfamiliar world ... remarkable." - Caledonia

"It is a captivating and enjoyable read which is filled with wonderful descriptions… and I am convinced that one day it will be adapted into a film." - Strathearn Herald review of Bruar's Rest


Tears for a Tinker by Jess Smith

Tears for a Tinker by Jess SmithAvailable from Amazon, Booksource and most book shops

Book Description:

In the third and final book of Jess Smith's autobiographical trilogy, Jess traces her eventful life with Dave and their three children, from their earliest years together. Their adventures and achievements are interspersed with stories of her parents' childhood, her father's 'tall tales' and the eerie echoes of ghosts and hauntings that she has heard from gypsies and travellers over many years. Fans of Jess Smith will not be disappointed with her latest memoir, full of more unforgettable characters and insight into the travellers' way of life, a tradition that stretches back more than 2000 years and survives in the rich oral tradition of its people.

The Sunday Post - 'heartwarming reminiscences…'

The Scots Magazine - 'Tales tumble out of Jess Smith's head and its her manner of telling them that is so compulsive.'

Reviews on

  • "Jess is one of the best writers in Scotland today. This is uterly astounding, mixing laughter with sadness. I can't recommend it too highly."
  • "This book is amazing and full of emotion, one minute your laughing out loud the next your shedding a tear.
  • It follows on from Jessie's Journey and Tales from the Tent and I was hooked from the first page, just like with the previous two. I would recommend the book to everyone, once you pick it up you can't put it down its so addictive, i've read it twice its so good. The book has everything from family tales, ghosts, poems, tales of the road and the story of the real Loch Ness monster, you'll never know if you don't read it! If you buy one book today then it should be this one."
  • "Tears for a Tinker is amazing and i'd recommend it to everyone. It's so full of emotions, one minute your laughing the next your crying. Its packed full of wee tale and stories and I couldn't put it down, i've read it twice already.
  • If you want to be amazed then go and buy this book and you'll find out who the real Loch Ness Monster is as well!"