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When the Clyde Ran Red by Maggie Craig

When the Clyde Ran Red by Maggie Craig was the most recent book set for our local book group. It is a social and political history of the town of Clydebank, the city of Glasgow and their surrounding areas. The author covers a wide expanse of Clydeside’s social history from the end of the nineteenth …

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A Mind Polluted by Martin Geraghty

When I went on holiday recently, I took a few books with me so that I could sit in the sun, relax and enjoy. One of the novels was A Mind Polluted by Martin Geraghty, a new author from Glasgow, Scotland. This is his debut novel published by Crooked Cat Books. It is based on …

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

I recently attended a day course in English Literature run in my village by Ann Scott. Ann is a most knowledgeable and erudite woman who is a lecturer at Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to this, she runs English Literature classes in the village. Often, her classes study Shakespeare plays or poetry but this …

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The Storm by Vince Cable

John Vincent “Vince” Cable was born 9 May 1943 in York, England. He was the son of a working-class Tory, Len Cable, and his wife Edith. Len was a craftsman at the Rowntree chocolate factory while Edith packed chocolates for rival firm Terry’s. He is a British Liberal Democrat politician who has been the Secretary of State for Business, …

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A Deadly Deception by Margaret Thomson Davis

Margaret Thomson Davis has lived in Glasgow, Scotland, since the age of 3. She left school at the age of sixteen, working as a children’s nurse and having a variety of other jobs before achieving her ambition of becoming a writer. She is a Scottish author who has forty novels published and also over two …

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The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh was born in London, England on 1 Februaury 1965.  She is now based in Glasgow, Scotland where she studied history at Glasgow University.  She then established a second-hand bookshop, where she traded in books for many years. Her first novel was The Cutting Room which won several awards, including the 2002  John Creasey Award, by the Crime Writers’ …

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Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author.   He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 6 September, 1968 and attended Glasgow University before he turned his hand to writing novels.  Quite Ugly One …

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Proof of Life by Karen Campbell

I recently attended a writers’ workshop run by Karen Campbell in the village as part of Book Week Scotland.  In preparation for this I read this, my second Karen Campbell novel.  It had me quite confused at first with its complicated plot, rapid character changes and the many story threads.  I could not  follow the multiple …

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The Death of a Travelling Man by M.C. Beaton

Marion Chesney herself is probably even more interesting than this book!  She is known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward.   However, this book she wrote as M.C. Beaton which is the …

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Blood Red Roses by Lin Anderson

I read this book as a quick reads edition.  I needed to get through it quickly because Lin Anderson was coming to speak to the group of students on my Post-Graduate Creative Writing Class.  She was delightful and very open.  She took time to answer all our questions about whether to use a pen name, …

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