Book Reviews

Where Extremes Meet: Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett is so revered a writer that one website dedicated to the avant-garde (ubu.com) carries a photograph of him glowering over the contents of its homepage, with no accompanying quote or caption, just the square-cut grey hair, wrinkled skin, and steely gaze visible through dark glasses.

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Into Books Review: Dante’s Trilogy by Alasdair Gray

Books: Dante’s TrilogyAuthor: Alasdair GrayPublisher: Canongate William Blake, an English writer and artist of genius, illustrated Dante’s Divine Comedy but didn’t translate it. Alasdair Gray, a Scottish writer and artist of genius, seemed to be going a step further, both illustrating and translating this medieval masterpiece. But

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Into Books Review: Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football by Daniel Gray

Book: Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern FootballAuthor: Daniel GrayPublisher: Bloomsbury There really is no substitute for attending a football match, it doesn’t matter if you support Barcelona or St Rochs juniors, there is nothing quite like the buzz of a day out at the football.

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Into Books: An appreciation of David Keenan

Book: Xstabeth Author: David Keenan Publisher: White Rabbit Books Xstabeth – An appreciation of the work of David W. Keenan by George Paterson (SR|SIF) DPsych – Incomplete By 1994, I was in the deepest sleep. I’d made it my business to experiment at that time so maybe

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Into Books Review: There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F Ross

Book: There’s Only One Danny Garvey Author: David F Ross Publisher: Orenda Books There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross There once was a time, at the death rattle of Thatcherism’s first wave and just before the start of Blair’s Neo-Liberal grift, when football didn’t

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Into Books Review: Glass Work Humans – Stories and Poems

Book: Glass Work Humans – Stories and Poems from… Authors: Paul Cowan, Tom Gillespie and John McKenzie. Publisher: Valley Press Esteemed American author William Faulkner once claimed, modestly, that he was a failed poet. ‘Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then

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Into Books Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Book: Shuggie Bain Author: Douglas Stuart Publisher: Picador, 2020 Douglas Stuart’s Booker prizewinning debut novel, Shuggie Bain, set in 1980s Thatcher-ravaged Glasgow and surrounds, is a tragic portrayal of growing up in government-imposed poverty that is capable of arousing both visceral anger and human warmth at the

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EXCLUSIVE Cover Reveal: There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross

Book: There’s Only One Danny Garvey Author: David F. Ross Publisher: Orenda Books Into Creative are VERY excited indeed to host the cover reveal of David F. Ross’s latest work, There’s Only One Danny Garvey. The book, published by Orenda Books, will be released on 21st January

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Into Books Review: 16 Years: Gigs In Scotland 1974-1990

Book: 16 Years: Gigs In Scotland 1974-1990 Author: Chris Brickley 16 Years: Gigs In Scotland 1974-1990 is a new book pulled together by Chris Brickley covering the live music scene in Scotland during the period 1974 through to 1990. The book runs to over 550 pages and includes 2,000 photographs

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Into Book Reviews: The Flame by Leonard Cohen

Book: The Flame Author: Leonard Cohen Publisher: Canongate A problem with being seductive is that you are likely to be indulged. Nice problem to have! But for the serious writer – the kind who writes for God, or the Muse, or even posterity – indulgence is the

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