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Book Review: Sal by Mick Kitson

April 5, 2018

The eponymous teenage heroine of Mick Kitson's debut novel, who is on the run from the drab, chaotic lives of her alcoholic mother and her 'Maw's' drug-dealing partner, steps into another world in Scotland's last wilderness.


Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

March 14, 2018

On an Idaho mountain a man broods - he is the author's father, and, out of a poisonous brew of Aryan nation propaganda, fundamentalism, inadequate schooling and mental illness, he concocts a belief system that leads him to isolate his family from the fallen world of fake prophets and socialised medicine.


Book Review: The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

March 13, 2018

When the richest man in Oakham – a vividly imagined, late 15th-century Somerset village – is swept away and lost in the river one Shrovetide morning, it falls to bucolic priest John Reve to investigate his disappearance.


Book Review: Beyond the Secret Howff by Ashie Brebner

February 20, 2018

Ashie was born in the 1930s and grew up in the teeming and tenement-packed east end of Aberdeen, where he started working life as a motor mechanic before getting a job in a large envelope-making factory which – hard to believe nowadays – was situated right beside the rail and bus station.


Book Review: Feel Free Essays by Zadie Smith

February 16, 2018

The problem with a book jacket proclaiming its contents to be "explosively funny", is that, firstly, very little in general is ever "explosively funny", and a collection of essays, even less so.