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Did you know that 80 per cent at people living in England have nevervisited Scotland? Orthat over25 per cent olpeople living in Scotland have never been tothe Highlands? It you know one of these poor unlortunates. The Nature 0t Scotland. Ed. Magnus Magnusson (Canongate Press £19.95) will certainly show them what they’re missing. Sumptuously illustrated. the book studies the lie 01 the land. itsllora and tauna, and the inlluence of man. The whole is brought hang up to date with chapters on conservation and luel sources.


Frances Cornlord reviews the recent i releases.

Marriage is a preoccupation in the i thrillers ofScott Turow. In his first. the bestselling Presumed Innocent. marital ties prove to be stronger than : legal obligations. In The Burden of Prool (Penguin £4.99). Alejandro Stern‘s wife is found dead on the first page and much of the rest ofthe book is concerned with Stern‘s coming to terms with her suicide and the strange nature of family relationships. The ‘thriller‘ aspect is provided by an investigation into Stern‘s brother-in-law‘s business by the Grand Jury. Turow loves the technical aspects of the law and detailed explanations of indictment procedures may not be to everyone's . taste. however they are cleverly interwoven with Stern's quest to understand the dynamics ofhis i family and the result is a compelling read. 3 In Lisa Alther‘s Bedrock (Penguin l £4.99) the heroine‘s problem is not I l l

so much understanding other people as understanding herself. Clea Shawn is a successful middle-aged photographer. loosely wedded to her husband and emotionally welded to her best friend. On a whim she decides to return to the small-town roots that she has spent most of her life trying to shake off and buys a house in Roches Ridge. Vermont. Predictably. this is not the rural eden it seems and the pages of the book are soon teeming with typical Alther characters— radical lesbians. manic religious fundamentalists and deranged backwoodsmen. Alther‘s

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i Wed 11 6.30pm. Margaret Thomson Davis

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writing fizzes with a comic energy that belies a more serious message as Clea is forced to relinquish her mid-Western ‘apple-pie‘ optimism and take into account the less pleasant aspects of life.

Clive Sinclair‘s Collected Stories (Penguin £5.99) are all about the less pleasant aspects oflife. Powerful. surreal and often misogynist. Sinclair‘s stories range from the tales of a Jewish private investigator to examinations ofJewishness to updates of the vampire legend. Linguistic inventiveness and a commanding style only serve to emphasise the nastiness ofsuch stories as "The Promised Land‘ about an Israeli would-be rapist but are used to great effect in the fantastic ‘The Evolution of the Jews'. told from the point ofview of a giraffe who reveals that his species is the lost tribe of Israel. or in ‘The Texas Steak-Eating Contest‘ where the Hamlet story is transferred to a Texas ranch. Intenser perceptive and gratuitously unpleasant by turns. this is a collection more likely to torment the reader than delight her.

The strength ofchildhood longing is the subject ofA Man With His Back to the East (Bloomsbury £5.99) by Barbara Neil. Lydia falls into an affair with the father ofa childhood friend because she has always longed to be the focus ofthe intense love with which he surrounded his daughter. He. on the other hand. clearly sees her as a daughter-substitute and discards her when his offspring returns. Told in

and evocative examination of the power ofobsessive love and | destructive effect it has on all who come into contact with it. :


I JOHN SMITH AND SON 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472.

will read from and sign copies of her new book. A Woman of Property (Century

Thurs 12 6.30pm. Maeve Binchy will read from and sign copies or Circle ofFriends (Coronet £4.99)

Telephone to reserve a signed copy.

I SAMUEL DOW'S BAR 69 Nitusdale Road. Mon 2 7.30pm. Prose and poetry readings by Crazy Day writers Brian Whittingham. Margaret Fulton Cook. Graham Fulton and Jane Harris.

I UISGE BEATHA BAR 232 Woodlands Road.

Tue 10 7.30pm. Prose and poetry readings by Crazy Day writers. as listed above.

I WATERSTONE’S 45/50 Princess Square. 221 9650.

Thurs 29 Aug 7pm. Lil Lochhead will read from her new collection of poetry. Bagpipe Muzak.

I WATERSTONE'S Union Street. 221 (I890. Fri 13 l—2pm. There will be a lunchtime reading by horsey thriller-writer. Dick Francis. whose new book. Comeback is published by Michael Joseph at £14.99. Those unable to attend should phone to reserve a signed copy.

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