Magazines in finish

“A scrupulously researched account of Mackintosh’s short life … good use has been made of the battalion’s war diary.”
Sunday Herald
“…an engaging biography…admits the humanity of the enemy while simultaneously seething with anger.”

Scotland on Sunday
“… the authors prove that Mackintosh had greatness in him … in the moments (where) his poetry takes on strength and significance …”
The Herald
“A developing poet who could have become a major one.”

Sheffield Star

Alan Mackintosh was only one of millions of young men who met a premature and bloody death in the trenches of World War I.

He had family connections on his father’s side with Inverness-shire and Ross-shire;  he was brought up in Brighton, attended St Paul’s school in London and when war broke out he was a student at Oxford.

Rosalind Green and Colin Campbell have researched the short life of this little known war poet.

They illustrate the attitudes prevalent to authority and empire and their book demonstrates, through Mackintosh’s own letters and creative work, the feelings and instincts of a young soldier faced with the imminence of the ultimate sacrifice.

Odium – Peter Burnett

“… a splendidly gripping tale, immensely witty, painfully honest … I loved its daring, the sheer bravado of the prose … this great gargoyle of a book.”
The Scotsman

” … a sophisticated, stimulating and refreshingly unparochial piece of Scottish writing.”
The Herald

” … this is breathtaking stuff.”
Scotland on Sunday

” … a gloriously misanthropic and bilious treatise on the decadent, immoral and inane nature of western European life.”
Independent on Sunday

A man asleep, Rubio flees Paris for the Egyptian desert.  He escapes his back-biting colleagues, the proximity of his ex-wife, and the depressions that he diagnoses daily in the medical surgery. 

And Paris hates Rubio too. The city is like a TV show that wants only to humiliate him, to grab the old fellow’s neck and force him to shop.

The city is after him, and Rubio is running for his life, running down a slope while memory rides behind, ever so gently applying the brakes. Existentialist and full of sharp observation of Western values, Odium is a novel for our time.

Whit Lassyz Ur Inty – Alison Flett

“Her poems, transcribed in a no-holds-barred Edinburgh vernacular, keep their sharpest punches for the end. This is poetry with a purpose.”
Scotland on Sunday

The long-awaited first collection from Orkney-based Alison Flett (formerly Kermack).

Funny, tender and uncompromising, the exuberant confidence of Alison Flett’s poetry is a welcome reminder of the depth and strength of the Scottish women’s literary heritage. It is made possible by her perceptive and sensitive response to women poets who have gone before her.

Her wilful adoption of previously male-dominated urban poetic language bridges both male and female traditions. Her work links the ever-growing consciousness of Scottish women, the notable achievements of poets like Ian Hamilton Finlay and Tom Leonard and the social and political struggles of the people.

Readers of magazines and poetry anthologies will be familiar with Flett’s work. Described as a latter-day beat poet with a warm and immediate style, it is time she reached a much wider readership.

Alison Flett was born and bred in Edinburgh but now lives in Orkney. She has performed her work on television and radio and at readings throughout the country.

She recently won the Belmont prize for children’s poetry and has been shortlisted for the 2004 Scotsman/Orange short story award. She is currently working on a book of short stories about island life. 

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