We are always pleased to feature local writers, and this review of the life and work of John Lloyd will be of particular interest to people who know him from his Anstruther days and have followed his career as foreign correspondent, journalist and editor.
Rosemary Goring’s Scotland: Her Story offers a new perspective on Scotland’s history drawn from records, diaries and memoirs that tell the story of the nation through the lives of women down the centuries.
Lissa Evans’s novels sound like ideal summer reading. According to The Independent’s reviewer she is ‘that rarest of gems amongst writers: not just a real storyteller, but one who makes the entire process seem effortlessly simple’.
Paul Auster worked on his huge novel 4 3 2 1 seven days a week for three years writing in longhand. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
In an introduction video to Vesper Flights, available on YouTube, Helen Macdonald states that her latest book represents a ‘love for the glittering world of non-human life around me’ and that the short essay form can create a ‘fierce, concentrated attention’ that longer works may not achieve.
The central character in the Old Filth trilogy (Failed in London, try Hong Kong), Sir Edward Feathers QC, has been compared in the New York Times to ‘the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters’.
Raw Spirit, by Iain Banks, represents the satisfying combination of travelling with a purpose – searching for the perfect dram of the title.
Joanna Trollope has been writing for over 30 years, is classified as a romantic novelist and admits to being a more social than political writer.
Clare Chambers has several critically acclaimed novels of different genres behind her