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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.