book review


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.


Book review: Hystopia by David Means

May 25, 2016

New York-based writer David Means is usually associated with the short story form, but here he makes his first foray into the "wide-open space" that a novel offers.


Book review: Scotland the Best by Peter Irvine

May 14, 2016

One of the easiest to spot signs that a guide book is doing its job is that it survives into a 12th edition. That is the case with Scotland the Best, Peter Irvine’s fully revised guide to the finest features of the country.