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The Scotsman Book Supplement

The Scotsman Book Supplement

Book review: How I escaped my certain fate by Stewart Lee

HOW I ESCAPED MY CERTAIN FATE BY STEWART LEE (Faber, £8.99) *****

Book review: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

NO GREAT MISCHIEF BY ALISTAIR MACLEOD (Vintage, £7.99) *****

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Ryan Van Winkle: a poem

This poem by the American-born, Edinburgh-resident poet Ryan Van Winkle from Tomorrow, We Will Live Here (Salt, £9.99) intrigues us from the title in, and as readers we also experience the "talk talk talk", and the waves' conversations. Deceptively straightforward delivery masks a complexity of longing and regret.

Book review: Submergence by JM Ledgard

Submergence by JM Ledgard Jonathan Cape, 208pp, £16.99

Book review: Burning Bright by Ron Rash

Burning Bright BY Ron Rash Canongate, 205pp. £14.99

Interview: Ian Thompson, Jules Verne scholar

INVOKE the name of Jules Verne and images of Victorian submarines, an Earth's core populated by prehistoric monsters, perilous balloon flights or mysterious islands readily materialise; those of a steamer trip doon the watter or skinny-dipping at Portobello do not.

Book review: Childish Loves by Benjamin Markovits

Childish Loves by Benjamin Markovits Faber, 416pp, £14.99

Book review: Scottish Family Legends introduced by Marc Lambert

Scottish Family Legends Introduced by Marc Lambert Luath Press, 240pp, £7.99

Interview: Dennis Lehane, author

SUPPOSE for a moment that you are Dennis Lehane. Clint Eastwood makes the film of your novel Mystic River, Ben Affleck does Gone Baby Gone, and when it comes to Shutter Island you get Martin Scorsese.

Book review: Losing Small Wars: British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan By Frank Ledwidge

Losing Small Wars: British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan By Frank Ledwidge Yale University Press, 320pp, £20

Book review: Townie by Andre Dubus III

Townie by Andre Dubus III Norton, 400pp, £16.99

Willis Pickard: why Scottish Radical MP Duncan McLaren deserves his place in the history books

Why spend the best part of a decade researching and writing a book about a Victorian politician most people have never heard of, even in Edinburgh where his business rivalled Jenner's, and where he served as Lord Provost and represented the city in Parliament, attracting the soubriquet "Member for Scotland" because he took up so many Scottish issues?

Interview: AL Kennedy, author

'IF you want to find about magic," says Alison Kennedy, "it's quite easy, but it's going to cost you a lot. You'll meet some of the best people around, and also some of the some of the nastiest."

Interview: Hari Kunzru, author

HOW big is your imagination? What's the biggest story it can control? Try this. A motel on the edge of the Mohave desert.

Book review: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy Beautiful Books, 416pp, £15.99

Book review: In Defence of Dogs by John Bradshaw

In Defence of Dogs by John Bradshaw Allen Lane, 352pp, £20

Book review: The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block

The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block Faber and Faber, 368pp, £12.99

Book review: The British Confederate by Allan I Macinnes

The British Confederate by Allan I Macinnes (John Donald, £25) ****

Book review: A Handbook of Scotland's Trees edited by Fi Martynoga

A Handbook of Scotland's Trees edited by Fi Martynoga (Saraband, £9.99) ****

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