Book Review – Chernobyl Prayer

Chernobyl Prayer A Chronicle of the Future Svetlana Alexievich, Penguin On 26 April 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, exploded and released 50m curies of radiation into the atmosphere, 70% of it falling on Belarus, but with plenty to spare for other countries not …

Arran Coastal Way – a new guide

Rucksack Readers is a specialist publisher that has produced over 35 weather proof guidebooks for walkers, trekkers and cyclists since 2000. New for 2018, they have published a guide to The Arran Coastal Way which, in 2017, was recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails. Written by Jacquetta Megarry, it contains all you need to plan and enjoy …

Book Review: Axel Munthe – The Road to San Michele by Bengt Jangfeldt

Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele by Bengt Jangfeldt, reviewed by Alan Bellamy Arran residents, like the residents of all Scottish islands, know that you need to be a bit different, perhaps a bit of a ‘character’, to move to and live on a small and hilly island. “Axel Munthe: The Road to San …

A Book Review – Whose Word Is It?

The Story Behind Who Changed the New Testament and Why by Bart D Ehrman Ehrman is an eminent biblical scholar and is currently the James A Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina who according to his Wikipedia entry is one of North America’s leading scholars in his field which …