The man’s accent – a strain of broad Scots indecipherable to many – baffles us at first.


We’re sitting in a coffee shop in Edinburgh, recording our interview, when he approaches from the next table, arms outstretched. “Did wan o’ yous write a book about menopause, aye?”, he enquires. Swallowing bemusement, we nod. What’s coming next?


The man produces a tiny notebook from his tracksuit pocket. “Whit’s it called?”, he asks. “Could ya write it doon for me? My wife’s struggling wi' the menopause like. It’s awfy hard…”


Scribbling done, Sam Baker settles back in her chair, eyebrow raised. "Well," she laughs, ever the journalist. "You've got your colour."


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