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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. Advertisements

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My Big Issue Reviews of Dwayne Alexander Smith and Tom Wright

Another week, another couple of cracking books to review in The Big Issue. This time round two American crime novels, Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith and Tom Wright’s Blackbird. I got on well with them both, especially Forty Acres, … Continue reading

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Under the Skin

I was delighted to be asked to take part in a Scottish Book Trust podcast recently, discussing Michel Faber’s seminal debut novel Under the Skin alongside Sarah Stewart and host Danny Scott. It was great to revisit the novel, especially … Continue reading

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A review of S. by J J Abrams and Doug Dorst

Bit behind at getting this up here, but here’s my review in the Independent on Sunday of S., conceived by JJ Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. This meta-fictional tome got a lot of press, and while it was undeniably … Continue reading

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A handful of book reviews

I’ve got a wee bit behind in shoving my journalism stuff up here, what with being on the other side of the world for a while, then picking up a shitty chest infection. Anyway, while I was away, a few … Continue reading

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‘The messiah has returned.’ Me on McIlvanney in The Guardian

Aye so, some of you might’ve missed this earlier. Here’s a piece I wrote on William McIlvanney and tartan noir for today’s Guardian. It was a rush job, I only got the call late last week, quick turnaround etc, and … Continue reading

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William McIlvanney is a class act

I had the honour recently of hosting an event with the legendary William McIlvanney for his new publisher Canongate. Here’s an edited film of the evening. If you don’t know the great man or his work, check it out – … Continue reading

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