Charlotte Gray

Sebastian Faulks (Vintage £6.99) * 'Ir a

The final part of Faulks' trilogy set in

France, and successor to the World

War I trenches of Birdsong, Charlotte ; Gray traces the fortunes of a fiercely

patriotic y0ung Scottish woman.

Our eponymous heroine does her bit for King and country during World War II by becoming a secret agent for a

British intelligence organisation and

decamping to Occupied France. This

mission also provides the opportunity

1 for her to carry out a private task:

i finding her English airman lover who is missing in action.

In addition to the love story and development of Charlotte’s sense of

self, Faulks also tackles the French

collusion with, and resistance to, the Nazis. Attention to detail in this novel

is everything, and the state of both

Britain and France during the 40s are

evoked through vivid description of the

everyday minutiae. This is intense and , moving without descending too far into cloying sentimentality. (DK)


. Powder

3 Kevin Sampson (Cape £10)


Having tackled football hooligans in the highly praised Awaydays, Kevin

- Sampson turns his attention to another

subculture of urban male youth rock musicians. Unlike his debut, which portrayed thugs as twisted existentialists with a fondness for Joy Division, Powder

does little to alter one’s perceptions of . the record industry.

Indie strugglers turned stadium rockers

. The Grams are every bit as egocentric, . self destructive, coked up and shag

happy as you'd expect them to be, and there’s plenty of degenerate behaviour to keep you turning the pages. Sampson (former manager of baggy bandwagon jumpers The Farm) also writes well about the intricacies of contracts, publishing rights, tours and

: personal appearances, but the book falls

down when dealing with the music itself. Resorting to NME speak and Mansun/Kula Bleeding Shaker comparisons do not make The Grams as attractive a proposition as they need to be to fully capture the reader's imagination. (RF)


Simone Baird, Alison Chiesa, Brian Donaldson, Miles Fielder, Rob Fraser. Ally Hardy, Kirsty Knaggs, Dawn Kofie, Alan Morrison, Mark Robertson

108 THE lIST 24 Jun—8 Jul 1999




Glasgow 5 Alex Benzie John Smith. 252 Byres Road. 334 2769. 7pm. Free. A young woman comes to terms with the story of her young husband's premature death in Benzies' novel Angle Oflneidenee (Viking £16.99). Ann Harries John Smith. 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472. 7pm. The author signs copies of her latest book Manly Pursuits (Bloomsbury £15.99).

Visions 8i Vistas Main Reception. BBC : Scotland. Queen Margaret Drive. 945 3207. 7.15pm. £5. Must be booked in : advance. A performance of poetry written or chosen by West End writers with a backdrop of music and paintings as part of the West End Festival.

Edinburgh Daniel Liebowitz James Thin. 53-59

. South Bridge. 622 8222. 7pm. Free from

branch. Californian doctor Daniel

1 Liebowitz's fascinating biography The Physician And Tlte Slave Trade (W.H. Freeman £17.95) looks at the life of John

Kirk. who explored Africa with David Livingstone. A gifted naturalist. he discovered new species of wildlife and plants. but his main passion was to put an

end to the African slave trades.

Joanna Blythsman Waterstone‘s.

George Street. 225 3436. 7.30pm. Free.

The author talks about her new book The Food Our Children Eat: How To Get Children To Like Good Food (Fourth

Estate £9.99).

Wi Allan An Wi Gilbertfield Canon‘s Gait. 232 Canongate. 556 4481. 7.30pm. £2. The Merchants O Renoun present a

dramatic reading of the lively verse letters exchanged between William Hamilton ofGilbertf'ield (1665—1751)

and Allan Ramsay (1685—1758).

Stirling David R. Ross Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Dumbarton Road. 01786 471917. 1230—! . 10pm. £3.50. The popular historian and author of On The Trail Of Robert The Bruce (Luath Press £7.99) talks about Scotland‘s great hero- king.

Glasgow Poetry In The Palace Glasgow Botanic Gardens. 730 Great Western Road. 334 2422. 1—2pm. Free. Survivors‘ Poetry Scotland present an afternoon of poetry readings among the plants.

: Edinburgh The Guid Crack Club The Waverley. St . Mary‘s Street. 557 5724. 7.30pm. £2.50. ' ‘Scotland to Appalachia And Back‘ with ; guest storyteller Wendy Welch.


David R. Ross Abbot House. Maygate. 01383 733266. 12.30—2pm. £3 (£2). See Thu 24.


Glasgow Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group Borders Books. 283 Buchanan

Street. 222 7700. 12.30pm. Free. This

week the group discuss Armadillo by William Boyd.


Cold Night Lullaby Traverse Theatre.

Cambridge Street. 228 1404. 7.30pm. £7

; (£3.50). A benefit night for Kosovo from

which all proceeds will go to Connect

. Humanitarian Agency. this evening of readings and music will encapsulate the

Balkan situation and the experience of

writers in that area plus a Scottish

response to the tragedy from poet Colin



Receiving international acclaim for her short stories and two previous novels.

AL. Kennedy reads from her latest book Everything You Need (£16.99) in which

she examines human frailty and grief in this tender account of a man in pain.


' 7pm. £2 (£1) with ticket price redeemable

Christopher Brookmyre Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105.

; against price of book. Brookmyre. who is at the forefront of the Scottish literary

scene. reads from his new novel One Fine

Day In The Middle Of The Night (Little.

, Brown £9.99). a tale of school reunions. hijackers. murder. machine guns and rocket launchers. See review.

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The Sunday Rhymes Brel. 39—43 Ashton Lane. 342 4966. 3—5pm. Free. Viv Gee hosts this popular afternoon of performance poetry with special guests. Robert Knox Borders Books. 283

Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 8pm. Free. Performance poet Robert Knox hosts this

regular poetry evening giving writers and performers the opportunity to share their work.


The Shore Poets Canon‘s Gait. 232 Canongate. 556 4481. 8pm. £1 (free for concessions). Readings from Tessa Ransford. director of the Scottish Poetry Library. Nancy Somerville. Knotbrook Taylor with music supplied by Ian Carelton and Bob McLaren.



Gavin Stamp John Smith. 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472. 6.30pm. Free. Co- curator of the Alexander Thomson exhibition at The Lighthouse. Dr Gavin

Stamp hosts a slide show. Q&A session

and signs copies of his book Alexander Greek Thomson (Laurence King £24.95).



David R. Ross Dillons. 174 Argyle

. Street. 248 4814. 7pm. See Thu 24. Edinburgh

Quintin Jardine Waterstone‘s. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 7pm. Free. The popular Edinburgh writer talks about his latest 02 Blackstone story Wearing Purple (Headline £16.99).

A.l.. Kennedy Waterstone‘s. George

A Street. 225 3436. 7.30pm. Free.

l A.|.. Kennedy reads from her latest book Everything You Need at Waterstone’s,

George Street. Edinburgh on Wed 30 Jun

m I


Charlie Dimmock John Smith. 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472. 1pm. Free. More famous for her mammaries than her gardening prowess. Ground Force's Charlie Dimmock reads from her new book Charlie 's Water Garden (BBC £19.99).


Christopher Brookmyre Waterstone's. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 7pm. Free. See Thu 1.


Eighties Pop Quiz All Bar One. St Vincent Street. 229 6060. 7.30pm. Free by special invitation ticket only. available from Waterstone‘s. Sauchiehall Street.

332 9105. Thea Newcomb hosts another

of her popular quizzes.


Steven Saylor John Smith. 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472. 7pm. Free. Saylor discusses his new book Rubicon A Mystery OfAnc‘ient Rome (Robinson

. Publishing £15.99).

Edinburgh David R. Ross The Hub. Edinburgh's

Festival Centre. Castlehill. 473 2000.

' 6pm. See Thu 24.


Glasgow i Reading Group Waterstone‘s. 153-157 Sauchiehall Street. For more information

contact Tessa Bowler on 0141 332 9105. 7.30pm. Free. The group discuss Woman

In Black by Susan Hill.


i Edinburgh

Colin Bell Waterstone's. 13—14 Princes Street. 556 3034. 7pm. Free. An evening which promises to be a fascinating view

g of the last hundred years. Scotland's 1 Century (HarperCollins £19.99) is a


history book based on interviews recorded for the BBC in which cardinals. judges. cabinet ministers. miners. jute- workers and fishermen give their own insights into living and working in Scotland this century.

Paisley David R. Ross Paisley Central Library. High Street. 887 3672. 7pm. See Thu 24.



Harry Potter Day Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 2pm. Free. The official launch ofJ.K. Rowling's new book Harry Potter And The Prisoner OfAzkaban (Bloomsbury £10.99). See Kids listings.

East Kilbrido

David R. Ross Ottakar's Bookstore. Unit 1. Princes Square. 01355 217 835. 7-9pm. See Thu 24.