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Moneyland by Oliver Bullough


We look around Lanark at Christmas 2018. Perhaps we assume that our local amenities and quality of life is a simple given, inevitable, all that can be...

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A Short History of Europe

Simon Jenkins

Past Present - What's new in History


There can hardly have been more saturation coverage in the British media than that over Brexit. Every minute aspect of this awful car crash is analysed to...

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At the Loch of the Green Corrie

Andrew Greig

Lives Well Lived? - Memoir


For many years Andrew Greig (https://andrew-greig.weebly.com/biography.html) saw the poet Norman MacCaig...

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Broken Ground

Val McDermid

Criminally Minded


Val McDermid (https://www.valmcdermid.com/) has established a loyal readership for her crime fiction over the last 31 years since the publication of her first...

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Age of Anger

Pankaj Mishra

Past Present - What's new in History


The latest outpouring of resentment and anger happens to be in Chemnitz in eastern Germany...

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Past Tense

Lee Child

Fantastic Fiction - Escapes to other places and other times


Lee Child (http://www.leechild.com/) sells crime thriller novels on a shipping container scale. His legion of devoted readers mark their diaries with the...

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New Dark Age

James Bridle

Experimental Evidence - Digital Technologies


The breakneck rush into digital technologies has delivered much that is useful, impressive and dazzling. But what have we lost, and what are the dangers? James...

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Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert

Experimental Evidence - Psychology


Psychological research has been digging about in that highly subjective matter – personal happiness. It’s against a background of consumer culture...

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The Story of Looking

Mark Cousins

Egghead Choice - Art Theory


‘Art’ is one of those notoriously elastic terms and ideas. It’s very difficult to establish any fixed or simple definition for what art is,...

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The Dry

Jane Harper

Criminally minded - Tales of the behaviourally challenged


Jane Harper (http://janeharper.com.au/About-Jane) is an Australian citizen of UK birth. Her 2017 novel The Dry won the Crime Writers’ Association Awards...

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