50 Best Scottish Books of the Last 50 Years

In anticipation of Book Week Scotland 2013, literary critic Stuart Kelly and staff at Scottish Book Trust have compiled a list of the top 50 Scottish books of the last 50 years. See if you agree with the selection and vote for your favourite though you may have to do some reading beforehand. See the list at –


Which would be your choice?

Visit again to see which book I decide to vote for.

My first review – and it’s great

The first review of In the Wake of the Coup was posted today on Amazon.co.uk (from Amazon.com) by a lovely person by the name of Eddie Nessuno who has given it five stars. – Seriously enjoyable’what if?’ modern political satire.

In an impressive debut novel, Dorothy Bruce transports the reader to Downsouth (sic, not `down south’) where the Civil Servants have just staged a coup, no longer content to remain backroom boys in a country flapping about like a beached flounder after a series of weak coalition governments (remind you of somewhere?). The Anglish (as in `Angleterre’) have ceded independence to Caledon (as in the Caledonian Society of Gastroenterology of which I was once a member). Here the politicos still run the country in a democratic fashion unlike the Powers That Be in Power City (think Big Ben). Water, publically owned, is a major boost to Caledon’s economy. McTavish from Caledon and Ludmilla from Downsouth (the romance interest) are drawn into this scenario via the Caledon Water Project… and thence into a tale of political intrigue and shenanigans, murder and disappearances. Well-written and, in view of the contemporary political climate spanning the UK (and some of the issues are relevant outwith the `sceptred isle’), thought-provoking. There are some colourful characters, and, although the story has a comfortable ending, the reader is given space to wonder what happens next. The most chilling part (even more so than the murder of an innocent young woman) is the post-script: a true revelation of something involving England and Scotland in the nineteen eighties.

You can check it out here – http://tinyurl.com/nd6s486

Stovies — and when is a cookbook more than a collection of recipes?

See my latest post on stovies, cookbooks and feisty women (not forgetting Sir Wattie) at jingsandthings.wordpress.com.