1 mail sacks, stamps and telephone ; directories.
in a tone which is emotional but never emptin sentimental. The book is more
. place; issues of language and sectarianism evolve naturally from Carson's picturesque prose.
j association structure lacks pace, making
. reading experience. One to dip into
9 In the self-effacing manner which so ' often illuminates his poetry, Donny
‘ Mezzanine in his jOyful, defamiliarised
collection shows he has gifts his peers can lack — a measure of warmth, the confidence to speak plainly and clearly, and to eulogise, always With a roguish humour to fall back on.
The Waistband And Other Poems is delightfully mixter-maxter, containing anecdotes, travel poems, memOir, songs and jokes. There is also a finer handled sequence of poems about his mother's death which avoids the usual mawkish sentiment. O'Rourke is a remorseless name-dropper and there are poems here to Schuyler, O’Hara and MacCaig, alongside artists, footballers and actors. He has an understated touch which serves him well. He may not rate himself as a star player, but he should be in no doubt that he certainly makes the team. (RL)
The Zig Zag Kid , David Grossman (Bloomsbury £13.99) “kt-t Location: Israel, 1957. Hero: Nonny, a week before his Bar Mitzvah and thirteenth birthday. Scenario: Nonny’s dad and long-standing lady friend pack OUr boy hero off, apparently to Visit his grouchy Uncle Samuel But they engineer a meeting en route With the amazing Felix, who \Nlll shepherd Nonny though hair-raiSing adventures in Tel Aviv that mark his passage to adulthood.
Miscellaneous items: a purple scarf, golden ears of wheat, 'The Mountain ; of the Moon’, Question: Is Felix legit, 3 or has Nonny been hoodwinked into a
voluntary kidnapping? Weary aside Who cares? Conclusion Mr Grossman merges the
FICTION The Star Factory
Ciaran Carson (Granta £13.99) writ
Straddling the genres of guidebook, memoir and epic prose poem, The Star Factory — a homage to the Belfast of Carson's youth - is almost inevitably patchy. But the book has an undeniable beauty and lyricism, and there are shades of Nicolson Baker’s The
depictions of daily minutiae such as
Carson’s Belfast is convincingly drawn; he takes the reader on an unhurried, meandering t0ur around the city, pointing out sights, sounds and smells
than a simple evocation of a time and
Ultimately, however, the dreamy word
for a laconic, rather than gripping,
rather than immerse yourself in. (PR)
Donny O'Rourke (Polygon £7.95) '95: tit" s- s-
O'Rourke has claimed he will never be up there with Scottish poetry’s big boys and girls. But this generous second
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Wed. 26th at 7pm Tickets Free with BBC journalist Peter Taylor.
Beer tasting with Jeff Evans of
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Author and broadcaster
Magnus Magnusson on "Rum: Nature's Island” Tue. 2nd Dec at 7pm.
Hugh Johnson wine tasting
at the Balmoral Hotel. Thu. 4th Dec at 7pm Tickets £15 including wine and a copy of "The Pocket Wine Book 1998" worth £8.99
104 THE LIST 2i lIov—d Dec 1997
British society's problems. Kevin
that far from providing a solution, -‘ prohibition in general - and the hysteria
Drugs And The Party Line ; Kevin Williamson (Rebel Inc. £6.99)
There is no denying that the misuse of
legal and illicit drugs is at the top of
Williamson's contention is that in order to tackle the problem we have to understand why that should be when, 50 years after its start and despite billions of pounds' investment. the war on drugs has not been won. He argues
whipped up by the Scotland Against Drugs campaign in particular - have only exacerbated the problem.
The drugs debate needs books like this - it is well informed, accessible and
5 for the most part intelligently argued. Although there are odd bits of hasty
writing and dodgy logic, it is refreshingly current. Williamson's arguments for
harm reduction and the inclusion of alcohol and tobacco with the ‘big six’
illicit drugs are strong and will be easily comprehensible to most readers. The . case for decriminalisation and eventual legalisation of all presently illegal
5 drugs, particularly heroin, will receive less support. even if they are no less
~ cogently argued. But such contentious topics must be included on the agenda
if the debate over recreational drug use is to make any headway. (TD)
' Laverty will explore some of the themes in his latest Booker Prize shortlisted novel Grace Notes.
Charles MacLean Tue 25 Nov. 6.30pm.
John Smiths. 57 St Vincent Street. 221
7472. Whisky tastings with the author of
Molt Whisky (Mitchell Beazley £25).
Beryl Bainbridge Tue 25 Nov. 7pm. £2.
Waterstone’s. 153—157 Sauchiehall
Street. 332 9105. Bainbridge will read
and sign copies of Every Man For
1 Hintst'lj‘lAbacus £6.99) which won her
the 1996 Whitbread Novel OfThe Year.
Dilys Rose Tue 25 Nov. 8.30pm. Clutha
Vaults. 167 Stockwell Street. 552 7520. A
talk and reading by this award-winning
ﬁction writer and oet.
The Legacy Of A exander 'Greek' Thomson Wed 26 Nov. 6pm. £2. Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall
Street. 332 9105. See under Lectures & Events in Art listings.
: Magnus Magnusson Wed 26 Nov.
6.30pm. John Smith‘s. 57 St Vincent
Street. 221 7472. Magnusson will talk
about his new book Rum: Nature 's Islam!
(Luath Press. £7.95).
20th Century Classical Music Evening
Wed 26 Nov. 8pm. £2. Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105.
Authors Jack Lawson and Conrad
Wilson. front Phaidon's 20th Century
Composers series. will talk about Carl
Nielsen and Giacomo Puccini
respectively. followed by a recital of
sortie of the composers' work.
India: A Real Traveller's Destination? Thu 27 Nov. 7pm. £2. Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. The author of Footprint India Hunt/book (Footprint £16.99) will give a talk based on his book.
genres of adult and children’s fiction to all our detriment. On a whimsical tip, The Zig Zag Kid is slightly endearing. In every other respect, it's a puny ambassador for Israeli literature. (OM)
PAPERBACK REPRINTS Don't Ask Me Why
Tania Kindersley (Sceptre £6.99)
s s it use
Another fine slice of post-adolescent angst from 30-year-old Kindersley. This time, the dominant theme is of friendships place in a world of new experiences. Hard-done-by Ash meets the charmed Virge at Oxford in the mid-80$ Quickly inseparable, their perfect partnership is tested when graduation (and the real world) moves the goal posts. (SM)
David Bowie: Living On The Brink
George Tremlett (arrow £6.99) at: it Touted on the premise that BOWie's
calculated manipulation of the media has perpetuated a myth around the man, Tremlett claims unique inSight through their personal relationship. Unfortunately, their matey days would appear to be over, as this unauthorised biography concentrates on the early days which, while they are interesting, still leaves a lot of loose ends. (SM)
Ian Stewart Fri 29 Nov, 7pm. £2. Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. The popular scientist will give a lecture based on his latest book (co-written with Jack Cohen) entitled l-‘ignu'nts ()j'Reulitv — The Evolution ()f'l'lte Curious Mind (Cambrid e £16.95).
The Sun ay Rhymes Sun 30 Nov. 3—5pm. Brel. 39 Ashton Lane. 342 4966. Viv Gee hosts an afternoon of poetry. with special guests Liz. Lochhead and Rab Fulton.
; Marion Sinclair On Writing Mon I Dec. 8pm. £2. Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. Sinclair will talk about her time at Polygon and the role of the publisher in terms of
commissioning. editing and promoting
REVIEWERS THIS ISSUE: Roddy Lumsden, Susan Mackenzie, Deirdre Molloy, Peter Ross
Val McDermid and Christopher Brookmyre Fri 21 Nov. 7pm. £2. Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. Scottish crime writers Val McDermid and Christopher Brookmyre will read from and talk about
their latest books — The Wire In The I Blood ( HarperCollins £16.99) and The STAR RATINGS 1 Country ()fT/lt’ Blint/ (Little. Brown * * * * * Unm'ssable ,1 £75.99) respective/ti". * * * * very gQOdh 1 Bernard Mac Laverty On Writing Mon * myth ‘3 Srm
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