It adds nothing to the cheerfulness of this story, incidentally, that Galloway was born and grew up in Saltcoats, on the Ayrshire coast. The adjective “driech” is not actually used (Scottish meteorological term for slit-your-own-throat grey and drizzly), but driech conditions are what Saltcoats is principally known for.
I had already decided to deploy the Anti SAD Lamp as soon as we passed the equinox, and this has reminded me to dust it off.
And as for the Galloway book. I've never seen the point in misery memoirs - why spread it around? But the review says there's more to it, so I'll give it a go - hopefully the Saltcoats library will be stocking up with plenty of copies.