The Scotsman Book Club
The Scotsman Book Club
THIS month, the Book Group discussed the new "Culture" novel by Iain M Banks. Fife-born Banks is the author of 24 novels, 11 of which are in the science fiction genre. Surface Detail is the eighth novel to feature the Culture, a post-scarcity society absolutely committed to anarchism and libertarianism.
This month, the Book Group discussed the new "Culture" novel by Iain M Banks. Fife-born Banks is the author of 24 novels, 11 of which are in the science fiction genre. Surface Detail is the eighth novel to feature the Culture, a post-scarcity society absolutely committed to anarchism and libertarianism.
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Marina Lewycka's award-winning debut novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was witty and inventive – so why do our panellists think her latest comes unstuck?
The Scotsman Book Club: In Carlos Ruiz Zafon's follow-up to the mega-selling 'The Shadow of the Wind' a novelist is asked to write a book that will create a new religion. A hugely ambitious plot – but will our panel go along with it?
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John le Carré's new novel updates his classic themes of betrayal for the 'war on terror'. But was our panel convinced?
Andrew O'Hagan's writings on Britain and the US earn praise from our panel for their incisive thinking – and a flattering comparison with one of our greatest essayists
Jane Gardam's latest short story collection takes a wry and generally genteel look at old age - but will these tales be meaty enough to please our panel?
DR: IN THE PREFACE, RICHARD Mabey, one of our greatest nature writers, says the book will be a meditation on the ways in which we think about trees and how that's changed over the last thousand years; about how artists, foresters and landscape designers have used them, paying particular attention to the beech because it's his favourite tree. How does everyone feel the book measured up to that?
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