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Witness of our damaged souls

Witness of our damaged souls

Glen Lyon Kenneth Steven Birlinn, £7.99 The first novel by poet, translator, short story writer and children’s author, Kenneth Steven opens ambiguously.   Somerled Stewart arrives in an isolated Highland glen, fashions a primitive shelter, and ultimately a farm, with an axe, his one possession.   No land-owner seems to […]

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After Flodden – by Rosemary Goring: review

After Flodden – by Rosemary Goring: review

FEW events have had such a debilitating impact on Scotland as Flodden. The debacle in 1513 reversed the process started by Bannockburn and may, along with the Reformation, have made the Unions, of 1603 and 1707, inevitable. Four centuries later, a novel based on that military catastrophe […]

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Grammar deserves a place in our classrooms

Grammar deserves a place in our classrooms

MICHAEL Gove’s proposal to introduce compulsory testing in grammar, punctuation and spelling at the end of primary schooling has met fierce resistance. I concur with many of his critics that a one-off test will do little to raise standards. Where they and I part company is on the need […]

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The Strange Death of Labour Scotland by Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw

WITH its echoes of Dangerfield’s 1935 work on Liberal England, this book has an odd title. Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw question both the concept of “Labour Scotland” and the finality of its decease but, by focusing on Labour’s decline, have produced a telling analysis of the […]

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