‘Wilding’, a Review

A review of Isabella Tree’s book Wilding, by Alice Maxwell Isabella Tree’s wonderful book Wilding gives hope and inspiration in the face of looming environmental crisis. It is a superbly written account of how Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell abandon their unprofitable, intensive farm on their Knepp estate in Sussex and instead allow nature …

Book Review – It Disappears in Blue and Red and Gold

By Jordan Ogg, first published in The Island Review, January 5th 2019 Helen Nisbet is a curator and artistic director born and raised on the island of Yell in the far north of Shetland. She is now based in London, and It Disappears In Blue And Red And Gold is her first book. It appears …

Loki to Angela Davis: Scottish readers 10 most rebellious books of the 21st century

By Sean Bell, originally writing for Commonspace on 22nd November 2018 THE SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST has announced its reader-voted list of the top ten “most rebellious reads of the 21st century”, with Orwell Prize-winning Glasgow writer and performer Darren McGarvey’s Poverty Safari emerging as the front-runner. The list also includes the 2017 feminist anthology Nasty …

Book review – The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory by Richard Powers “An extraordinary novel … It’s an astonishing performance …He’s incredibly good at describing trees, at turning the science into poetry …The book is full of ideas … Like Moby-Dick, The Overstory leaves you with a slightly adjusted frame of reference … Some of what was happening to his characters passed …

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 …