Scott's Book Review

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How to stop time by Matt Haig

Matt Haig ( has a broad range of literary output across adult fiction and non fiction, children’s literature, young adult...

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Post Truth by Evan Davis

We have somehow drifted into an intellectual culture in which anybody’s opinion is as good as anyone else’s. Partly this is about the...

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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 ( saw the poet Norman MacCaig...

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Broken Ground

Val McDermid

Criminally Minded

Val McDermid ( 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 ( 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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