I decided it was high time that I read one of her books and decided to start with Star Gazing which was published by Piatkus in 2008.
I'd been fascinated by the online debates about the lead character Kier and who should play him in a film version.
Star Gazing is a fairly short novel, but I didn't find it a quick read by any means. The writing is so vivid and descriptive and the style of narration is especially clever.
At first I found the third person narration, coupled with first person quite strange, but as the story progressed it struck me at just how clever it was.
Marianne Fraser, the lead character has been blind from birth - she's mid-forties, a widow and lives with her rather quirky, eccentric author sister in a flat in Edinburgh.
Marianne is obstinate, stubborn, sometimes a bit cold but also passionate and deep. She is independent, she is organised and what really stands out is that she is lonely. Meeting Keir changes Marianne's life. He's not patronising, nor does he treat her differently because of her blindness. He describes things to her in terms of music, he sends her audio postcards and he takes her to his beloved Skye.
This is a wonderful love story. It's not sentimental, nor is it sweet - it's real and has fabulous characters. It will make you cry, it will make you laugh and it will most definitely make you wish that you will meet a Keir very soon.
The crying shame is that Linda is now struggling to get a publishing deal as publishers don't think that her books fit in any particular genre.
All I can say to publishers is to take a look at Linda's fan base, the reviews online and her award nominations and re-think your strategy.
These are the sort of books that we want to read, not C List Celebrity Memoirs or indeed, dubious novels 'written' by the same C Listers.
We are fed up of vampires and the such like - give us what we want!