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Review: Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience - Shaun Usher.

When I was looking at this, someone had asked if I wanted it as a coffee table book. No. Believe me – if I’m buying a collection of famous letters, you bet your boots I’m going to read it. 306 more words

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My review of Amy Liptrot's The Outrun in Indy on Sunday

I absolutely loved this book. A great mix of nature writing and memoir, a first book from an amazing writer. Check it out. Here’s my review in the Indy on Sunday.

Doug Johnstone


Kevin Barry. Canongate, 2015

In 1967 the most famous singer in the world bought Dorinish, a small cleft of rock in Clew Bay off the West coast of Ireland. 396 more words



Much to Sams dismay, who claims I already have “too many books”,  I have set myself the task of reading 100 books this year (I’m not sure what too many books means either). 287 more words

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Christmas Books Wrap Up 2015

Christmas Books Wrap up

 Well here we are before we knew it Christmas has arrived and with it some pretty amazing books. So what better than to celebrate than review three Christmas books. 1,648 more words

Best of 2015: Committee Picks - Book of the Year.

As a way to celebrate more books (because, why wouldn’t you want to?) we have a separate post on the Scottish books of the year… 416 more words