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THURSDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
JOHNSTONE WRITERS’ GROUP
One at Si olland's leading writing groups l(lUlI( hes their new anthology,
TUESDAY 1 lTH SEPTEMBER 5PM
Ihe (ooLing phenomenon signs (,opies ol his new hook, Happy Days With The NaLed (Shel. Iasly, easy S()( iahle load with the minimum oI luss. l’ukkal
TUESDAY 1 ITH‘ SEPTEMBER 7PM
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM'
Buddhist monk, Kelsang Ilt(lt’( hin, dis( usses aspects ol Buddhism.
WEDNESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
I‘he heslsellini author ol The Beau M h ex )lores the culture and .I I pi'at li< es oI pregnanry with lero< ily and passion in her new hook
THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
DISCOVER ICELAND WITH COLIN BAXTER AND ICELANDAIR
l( elandaii's I)avid Sanderson 8. photographer (:olin Baxter dis< uss the unigue ( harm ol I( eland. You will also have the ( ham 0 to win Iree llights
to this l(tS( inaling island.
THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
THEY BELONGED TO GLASGOW
Rudolph Kenna and Ian Sutherland discuss They Belonged To Glasgow, a so( ial history recounting the city's last 250 years through eyewitness amounts.
FRIDAY 2IST SEPTEMBER 5.30PM
IV super ('hel signs copies oI his new quick, simple ('ooking guide:
THURSDAY 2 7TH SEPTEMBER 7PM
THE SCOTTISH FISHING BOOK
Sandy I:()l'(‘)(llt gives an illustrated talk based on his (ompiehensive guide to lishing.
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COMING OF AGE BERNARD MACLAVERTY The Anatomy School (Cape £15.99) 0000
MacLaverty offers absorbing tales of love and sex
It's staggering how much of Catholic Ireland's most feted fiction boils down to a teenage boy's quest to get his leg over. From Joyce's Portrait Of The Artist to Frank McCourt's Angela’s Ashes. the reader cannot truly get closure until our hero has clumsily rummaged around in some willing partiCipant's knickers. Hellfire and damnation may rain down in great. greasy dollops, but at least we've been titillated by that regulation cherry-popping scene.
With The Anatomy School. Bernard MacLaverty makes his protagonists jOurney towards the consummation of the flesh his novel's major narrative thread. though the novel is no less engaging for that. Set in a Catholic boys school in late 6305 Belfast. MacLaverty charts the progress of Martin Brennan, an awkward seventeen-year-old. as he struggles through his final year at school. There are questions aplenty — particularly about sex — with barely adequate answers being supplied by the priests and his mother's eccentric friends. Instead. Martin relies on the bluff Wisdom of his best mate Kavanagh and dissident new boy Blaise Foley.
While the book's premise is slight. MacLaverty's insight into the mind-set of his teenage characters is faultless. The prose is fluent and unobtruswe and the situations Martin reluctantly finds himself in — from tea parties with his elders to resisting the sin of Onan at a Catholic retreat — are beautifully observed and laugh-out-loud funny. The only slight weakness is the book's lengthy closing segment. in which Martin finally gets his end away with an Australian backpacker who seems to have wandered off the set of Neighbours. But this IS a minor gripe about an otherwise absorbing book. (Allan Radcliffe)
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'lt's called Jdelr‘g the green.' says Zeke. photographer and sadist. ‘You know. like andng before you actuary leap. leaVing a room be-‘Ore the door opens. antiCipatihg li‘e before it hacoers.‘ But for Louise Goldblum this means embarkin on a oesoerate path. towards self-annihiation. Shattered by the murder of her ldOI'SGG sster. sne takes refuge f'rst ih alcohol, anc then ih an abusive and ham: :a‘. hg relationship with Zeke.
Leslie Schwartz's expert storﬁe‘lng fascriates l.'-<e a car Crasn The reader is horri‘ied yet ntrigued by the graphic scenes with. Zeke. and drawn inexorably down wztn Lowse as she leaves '0 .ls unpaid and work undone. Alternate chapters flash back to her suburbar upbrng ng. providing a com hang and absorbing llumihatior‘ of her behav Our.
Apart ‘rom a frying oosesscn win. c garettes “someone i'ghts one or takes a orag at least cr‘ce a page; there '8 little to fauft ir‘. this ﬁghtiy White." debut. Disturbing. and very human. lAhna Shipma“,