Review As charming as the bohemian street in which it's set. (SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD) It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely...... more
Review As charming as the bohemian street in which it's set. (SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD) It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...[his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling (Craig Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY) A treasure of a writer whose books deserve immediate devouring (Marcel Berlins, GUARDIAN) a hilarious yet sharply insightful tale of middle-class Edinburgh ... a joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles (SUNDAY EXPRESS) Times, 20 August 2005 'Addicts of McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe novels will recognise the gentle humour ... of his latest work' Biography Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.
MONEY TREE is a literary departure for Gordon Ferris, the best-selling author of the acclaimed DOUGLAS BRODIE Quartet set in post-War Glasgow. This includes the...... more
MONEY TREE is a literary departure for Gordon Ferris, the best-selling author of the acclaimed DOUGLAS BRODIE Quartet set in post-War Glasgow. This includes the Kindle #1 bestseller: The Hanging Shed. MONEY TREE is a modern-day thriller set among the glittering canyons of New York and the seething alleyways of New Delhi. At its heart is the story of Anila Jhabvala, a destitute woman in a dying village in central India, and her struggle against the daily embrace of usury. Into her fraught existence blunder two westerners: Ted Saddler, a has-been American reporter living off the faded glory of a Pulitzer Prize, and Erin Wishart, a hard-bitten Scottish banker with a late-developing conscience. As the tension mounts, their three storylines interweave and fuse in a thundering and moving climax. In pointing up the gulf between rich and poor, and the misguided efforts of western institutions to meddle in developing countries, Gordon pays homage to Professor Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Peace and founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Gordon Ferris has been described as 'The new Ian Rankin' by the Daily Mail and 'the natural heir of Stevenson and Buchan' by Val McDermid. The Observer calls him 'a wonderfully evocative writer' and the Independent 'a writer of real authority...everything speaks of an original voice'.
Rod Stewart was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths, ranging...... more
Rod Stewart was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths, ranging from gravedigging to professional football, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod started out in the early 1960s, playing the clubs on London's R&B scene, before his distinctively raspy voice caught the ear of the iconic front man Long John Baldry, who approached him while busking one night on a railway platform. Stints with pioneering acts like the Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, and the Jeff Beck Group soon followed, paving the way into a raucous five years with the Faces, the rock star's rock band, whose offstage antics with alcohol, wrecked hotel rooms and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write 'Maggie May', among a few others, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell an estimated 200 million records, be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, and play the world's largest ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a guy with a frog in his throat. And then, there is his not-so-private life: marriages, divorces and affairs with some of the world's most beautiful women - Bond girls, movie stars and supermodels - and a brush with cancer which very nearly saw it all slip away. Rod's is an incredible life, and here, thrillingly and for the first time, he tells the whole thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock 'n' roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair. 'Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart's memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade' Daily Mail 'One of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year' Independent
Edward Burns Bad Whisky: The Scandal That Created the World's Most Successful Spirit
This is the new edition of a cult classic released at a time when the industry is once more addressing the problem of defining what constitutes Scotch whisky....... more
This is the new edition of a cult classic released at a time when the industry is once more addressing the problem of defining what constitutes Scotch whisky. This is a unique insight into the Victorian scandal which raged at the end of the 19th century surrounding the adulteration of whisky in public houses throughout the UK. Returning to contemporary press reports and Hansard, Edward Burns masterfully unravels the scandal which eventually resulted in laws being passed which created safeguards for what is now known the world over as Scotch. In 1872 Scotland's spirituous reputation as a purveyor of fine Scotch whisky was shattered when it was discovered that some public house whisky contained poison. The extent of adulteration was widespread with additives such as meths, shellac gum, sulphuric acid, and boot polish all being used to pass off spirits as 'Scotch whisky'. The North British Daily Mail took up the fight against the practice when, out of 30 samples of 'whisky' taken out of public houses, only two were found to be the real thing. With some of the most prominent figures in Scottish public life joining the fray, the battle was on to clear up Scotch. Set against a worldwide background of gross food and drink adulteration that saw the poorer classes slowly poisoned by what they ingested, the results of the in-depth investigation were hardly surprising. They were, however, dismissed by those in authority as the product of a young scientist's over-imaginative mind, and as a consequence the whole sorry affair was forgotten and allowed to fade with memory. The events disclosed in this remarkable book have not re-entered the public arena since that time. Given the importance of the topic, and the furore that followed the revelations, it is rather strange that little mention of them is made in any of the whisky books currently in print.
Advantages: Well laid out, easy to read Disadvantages: More pricey than other leading tabloids
...The Daily Mail has been a welcome breakfast addition in our household for as long as I can remember. The news is reliable, informative, and well presented. Redtop tabloids such as The Sun and The Mirror are full of useless showbiz gossip, whereas The Mail concentrates on "real" news.
The first issue of the Daily Mail was published on 4th May, 1896 by Alfred Harmsworth, and was an immediate...
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Advantages: Human interest stories? Disadvantages: Is this really news?
...Before I write this review, I should in advacne apologise to those who read the Daily Mail everyday as their paper of choice, this is not a reflection on you or how you see the world, but more how I view it. I am sure that deep down those that choose to read this paper have some great qualities.
There are a few things in life that I am loathed to admit to, yet I think it is time that I cam eout...
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Advantages: Plenty of content, decent stories Disadvantages: not everything is relevant to everyone...likes most papers then
...The Daily Mail has been around for a long time, and has gained respect over the years. Being only eighteen it won’t come as a surprise to you that I am writing from a great deal of experience, but I have been forced to read a paper due to my A-Level politics course. Broadsheets aside, this is the most informative paper around, well, apart from those who want to read about sex scandals etc....