Book Review: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

October 20, 2016

The veteran rocker's memoirs took seven years to write, and he's clearly dug deep; alongside the story of his triumphant musical career, the book contains the uncomfortable details of childhood as a grandmother-spoiled boy, depression, bereavements and relationship blunders.


Book Review: 9 Months in Tibet by Rupert Wolfe Murray

October 15, 2016

Rupert Wolfe Murray was afraid of travelling into the unknown but he managed to get away from a comfortable life in Scotland – he previously lived in Glen Strathfarrar near Beauly – and hitchhiked through Eastern Europe, India and Nepal and spent almost a year in Tibet, a country where foreign residents are forbidden.


Book Review: Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

October 12, 2016

If you like a kooky read or are drawn to crime thrillers, but fancy something a little different, you wouldn't go far wrong by picking up Carl Hiaasen's Razor Girl.

Book Review: Transit by Rachel Cusk

October 10, 2016

Canadian-born Rachel Cusk's last novel, Outline, was shortlisted for a slew of awards, including the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction - and her follow-up, Transit, will undoubtedly draw similar acclaim.

Food and Drink

Eating out: The Neuk, Old Portlethen

February 16, 2016

Gertrude was still being a pain in the proverbial as we sought shelter at The Neuk in Old Portlethen, a traditional pub which has been providing a warm welcome to generations of locals and visitors alike for more years than I can remember.


Book review: Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

February 13, 2016

As a big Christopher Brookmyre fan who fell a little bit out of love with the tartan noir artist when he shortened his name to Chris on the cover of his books, I approached Black Widow – by “Chris” – expecting to be disappointed.