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For the Joy of Reading: Sexy Haiku

As a rule, I do not like Haiku.   There is nothing wrong with the form.   It is more the way that it has been latched onto by people who want to demonstrate how clever they are.   320 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Three Craws

This story is about how chance rules our lives.   Stevie inherits a cottage in Fife from his uncle and aunt, when they die in quick succession.   483 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Moristoun

“Suicide is painless – it brings on many changes” as the immortal lines from the theme song to “M*A*S*H” put it.   This is not true, and the sheer stupidity of this line is the theme of this story, but from a very unusual and quite disturbing perspective. 553 more words

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"All fiction begins in a lived truth" says @katetempest

I was back at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow last night, this time attending an Aye Write! event featuring Kate Tempest, hosted by the brilliant poet… 843 more words

For the Joy of Reading: River of Ink

The first thing that has to be said is that I know next to nothing about Sri Lankan history, and the little that I do know is mainly derived from the reading of novels such as Gillian Slovo’s “Black Orchid”.   712 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: The Brilliant & Forever

This book is brilliant, and will be so forever.   As you would expect, Kevin MacNeil can always be relied upon to produce something that is different and which will have you, the reader, riveted to the page from the very moment of opening the book.   593 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: A Dying Breed

I am always wary of reviewing books by people I know, because of the difficulty of maintaining objectivity.   But this book is special.   When a book has recommendations on its blurb from John Humphreys, Melvyn Bragg, William Boyd and AL Kennedy, you know that you have something unusual in your hands.   689 more words

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