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Dirt Road

Dirt Road
By James Kelman
Canongate – £16.99

According to Roddy Doyle, Dirt Road ”is a brilliant, a deeply moving and exciting novel. The words feel so believable I forgot at times that I was reading fiction.” To be honest, I can only partially agree, as the more I read, the more I felt weighted down by some sort of undercurrent of literary deja vu. 366 more words


January Reads

I kicked off the year with a pretty good month of reading. I worked my way through eight books which consisted of one poetry collection, two non-fictions, three novels and two crime thrillers. 922 more words


For the Joy of Reading: The Automobile Club of Egypt

Make no mistake about it.   This is a book about the Arab Spring.   It may be set in the Egypt of King Farouk (who is never named in the book).   488 more words

Books And Reading

The Royal Mile – Edinburgh

Dear Diary,

Just an excuse to put together a bunch of pictures, enjoy!

The busiest and most popular tourist attraction in Edinburgh.

The Royal Mile is the series of streets running approximately a Scots mile (1.81 km). 312 more words


For the Joy of Reading: Dirt Road

This is brilliant.   Absolutely extraordinary.   Which is not surprising, because it is by James Kelman.   And he is a writer who is always worth reading.   He is not necessarily easy to read, but that is all to the good.   373 more words

Books And Reading

John Lister-Kaye - Gods of the Morning

This is the first in a series of posts by members of the Sam Read’s team reflecting on some of our favourite reads of 2016. The following is Gill Cowton’s review of John Lister-Kaye’s  993 more words