OLDER KIDS DRAMA HANS MAGNUS
Where Were You Robert? (Penguin €6.99) .0.
Emil And The Detective. Max And Moritz and Shock Peter are all German translations that have found a home in the hearts of a slightly sadistic but conformist UK readership. Now, Where Were You, Robert? brings on the fantastical, Harry Potter-style.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger's fantasy tells the story of fourteen-year-old Robert. an absent— minded child who in a moment Of wishful solitude finds himself mainlined into the magical world inside some paintings. As he leaps from adventure to adventure in this mystical landscape, he finds he can't get home.
Long-winded Teutonic phraseology and a clunky translation make this a challenging read and the rather obvious analogy about the loneliness of the Iatchkey kid often detracts from the many good things about this intelligent but po-faced book. (Paul Dale)
CONTEMPORARY DRAMA ALAN BISSETT
Boyracers (Polygon €9.99) 0...
There are times when Boyracers. with its talk about last year's football results and this year's U2 album. feels almost too contemporary. like the story cannot quite be finished yet. Alan Bissett's first novel is crammed with references to science fiction, film and musings on the fate of
Rangers and the Floyd
auzeusaenasn I PM not Keith).
Its protagonist Alvin is
forced to juggle his
Highers. road-running mates, troubled family life and love for the
unattainable Tyra. plus the trials of getting into 2 a pub when you’re only ; sixteen. He must make
the time-honoured choice between moving on (to Stirling Uni) or staying put in Falkirk with the boys who are experiencing ever-
‘ increasing trouble with
thelocalneds. Bissett is an engaging
writer. and his novel is a readable tale of
growing up in difficult circumstances. But it is also an inspired look at
life. in all its relentless
tedium and occasional.
Global Village Idiot
. (Doubleday £10.99) 000
The good thing about a weekly newspaper
column is it only
happens once a week. By the time you read it, you've forgotten what last week's was like. so it seems fresh and new all over again. Global
I Village Idiot is a
collection of John O’Farrell's columns from The Guardian. and
5 while his writing is f entertaining and
irreverent. this book exposes a somewhat
; formulaic and repetitive nature.
Covering the last two years. each hot political topic of the day is addressed. from mad cow disease to the
Millennium Dome. all
with the obvious slant of someone who ran as a Labour candidate earlier this year. Having
said that, O'Farrell is no
stuffed political shirt,
assured touch and
detective stOry but a
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DETECTIVE NOVEL P.D. JAMES . Death In Holy Orders I ’ (Faber £12.99) «00
the world as outlined in his exhilarating and unsettling hoolz, EMERGENCE THURSDAY I ITH OCTOBER 7PM
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WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER 7PM
PAMELA STEPHENSON ON BILLY CONNOLLY
at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (tickets ‘22, only from Borders)
Pamela Stephenson is an expert on (omedy, psy< hiatry and ol
sweeping imagination of PD. James. it’s nothing less than delightful.
In Death In Holy Orders. her fifteenth novel. James takes her fictional sleuth Adam Dalgliesh from his regular London hunting grounds to the windswept cliff-top community of St Anselm’s Theological College in East Anglia. The setting is inspired. creating an instantly believable and wonderfully gothic atmosphere for the inevitable murderous events to unfold in. The pace of the story is just about perfect. with James taking time to flesh out the characters to begin with, then drawing the reader inexorably towards the gripping climax.
What's more. the author's simple prose gradually reveals hidden depths and intelligence. making Death In Holy Orders not just a cracking
(ourse her hushand, Glasgow's lavourite son, Billy Connolly. This is an event not to he missed as the woman who I<n()ws
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Iioni an award winning author ()I Iilni, plays and stories. MONDAY 29TH OCTOBER 7PM
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