Tag Archives: Scotland

Being West Kilbride by Stephen Brown

When I first met my husband, he told me he lived in West Kilbride. I had never heard of the village so assumed I had misheard him and said “East Kilbride?” back to him. He replied, “No, West Kilbride, I know where I live.” That established, he as been patient and dogmatic in equal measure …

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Paths of the Dead by Lin Anderson

I like Lin Anderson. I say that to lay my cards on the table because I have no doubt that personal feelings colour our view of someone’s work. In this I always think about Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in 1996 aged 122. She was interviewed about a year prior to her death. She had met Vincent van …

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Rise by Karen Campbell

I had had a notification from goodreads that Rise by Karen Campbell had been published, but it was my friend Dawn who lent me the book when I said that I had not read it. It had been book of the month at her book group. Now, to lay my cards on the table, I …

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Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

I enjoy Ian Rankin’s books. It was my sister who introduced my mother to his work many years ago. In turn, my mother lent Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin to me and the rest is history. I think I have read every book he has written, whether as Jack Harvey or in his own …

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Voices From The Sea by Evelyn Hood

Evelyn Hood is a prolific and well respected Scottish author. I had known her for several years before I read any of her books. That was my loss. She is a gifted story teller. Evelyn was formerly a journalist and is the author of more than 40 published novels. She is best known for family sagas, set …

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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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This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell was born in Paisley and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. Both her mother and father worked in Strathclyde Police Force and following a degree at Glasgow University, Karen also joined the police, where she met her husband. Karen studied for the Creative Writing Master’s Degree at Glasgow University. She is a vegetarian and lives in Galloway with her husband and two daughters. Karen …

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All The Colours Of Darkness by Peter Robinson

One of my daughters gave me All the Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson. I was delighted. I first met Peter when I attended an Arvon writing course in Inverness, Scotland and he was one of the tutors. What an incisive mind he has! Peter hales from Armly, Leeds, Yorkshire, England where he was born …

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Witness the Dead by Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson is a Scottish author who, was born on 22 April, 1962 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Before becoming a writer he was a journalist. During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. …

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Pray for the Dying by Quintin Jardine

I found Pray for the Dying by Quintin Jardine on a hotel exchange table while my husband and I were on holiday in Portugal. I really enjoy the Bob Skinner books by Quintin Jardine and was really pleased to find it. Jardine is a Scottish author who was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland and educated before …

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