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A film based on a Cam­bus­lang man’s de­but novel is set for its big screen re­lease this week­end.

The Leg­end of Bar­ney Thom­son stars Trainspot­ting and The World is Not Enough star Robert Car­lyle, which is based on the book The Long Mid­night of Bar­ney Thom­son, which was writ­ten by Cam­bus­lang man Dou­glas Lind­say.

The book was first pub­lished in 1999, in which a bar­ber who longs for a bor­ing life ac­ci­den­tally be­comes a se­rial killer, with the film hav­ing been given its premier last month as part of the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. As well as star­ring in the film, Car­lyle is also its di­rec­tor.

Dou­glas (51), a for­mer Cathkin High pupil, flew in es­pe­cially for the pre­miere in Ed­in­burgh, as he now lives in Talinn in Es­to­nia.

He wrote the first novel while liv­ing in Sene­gal - his wife Kathryn works for the For­eign Of­fice - and Dou­glas said: “I had pre­vi­ously been work­ing for the Min­istry of De­fence, based in Brus­sels, and when I ar­rived in Sene­gal with Kathryn, I had no job and not a huge num­ber of prospects so I de­cided I could be a writer.

“Be­ing newly mar­ried and in the first flush of ro­mance, my wife agreed to this - and over the next three years, I prob­a­bly wrote five or six books, in­clud­ing one about a Glas­gow bar­ber who ac­ci­den­tally

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