Wanted! Great Book Recommendations
What do we want? A whole lot of great reading? Us too! And in this month's BooksfromScotland issue, we've got some EXCELLENT reading for you. From new novels from literary big hitters to new fiction from up-and-coming writers, and enlightening, challenging non-fiction to brilliant books for kids, we are really spoiling you this month.
Extract taken from Kitchenly 434 By Alan Warner Published by White Rabbit
No one behind, so I slowed the Volvo hatchback even more to gaze across, a single hand on the steering wheel. I was one of the few inhabitants of the vicinity who knew the concealed topographies beyond that calculated assemblage of trees ; a frieze of multi-coloured leaves – just like those dark Chinese Coromandel screens with their decorative lacquer in the master bedroom, behind which Marko’s unbearable lady – Auralie – changes into and out of her latest international fashions, two or sometimes three times daily.
Within those perimeter walls, I knew the tristesse of every weeping willow along those crawling waters’ edges. Overlooked by the precipitous manor house, I knew the laburnum slope with its stepped rill in ornamental brick, its rivulets channelled down from the moat to the twin culverts at the riverbank, cascading the acoustic steps. I knew the double mill buildings now connected by their two modern, triple-glazed air bridges.
Every time I approached Kitchenly Mill Race, I began to anticipate the paradisal compound of dolorous laburnum and lavender banks which scent the decorated interiors when the summer manor windows are fixed open on their ornate securing-arms. All of these enchantments which were hidden from common view.
Without fail, when advancing on Kitchenly from east or west, or down the...
Author Elle McNicoll was one of last year’s huge success stories with the publication of her debut A Kind of Spark, which recently won the Blue Peter Award for Best Story. This month she has released her second middle grade adventure, Show Us Who You Are, which sees her protagonist Cora take on tech conglomerate Pomegranate on their troubling plans with AI. Here, Elle tells us more about her book and gives us a taster.
Show Us Who You Are By Elle McNicoll Published by Knights Of
Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll is published by Knights Of, priced £6.99....
‘I want you to love me, if I’m being honest. That’s why I start so gently, in the garden, in the present tense.’
‘The question ‘What life-story can we live by? ’lurks beneath How to Survive Everything, and probably behind every book I’ve written.’
‘As I held the letters written in Conan Doyle’s neat handwriting from Undershaw, his house in Surrey, and from hotels across Europe, I could feel the obsession he had had with the case.’
‘But they don’t ask direct questions about what they’ve witnessed. Whatever is happening, it is hardly the most important thing in either of their lives.’
‘Over this private banquet, Eugene and Nathan came to understand some of their more unusual, unexplained experiences.’
‘Glasgow in this era, in the grip of the Great Depression, was a raucous, lawless city, with poverty, corruption, unemployment, extremist politics, sectarianism and the streets terrorised by razor gan …
‘Monuments, street names, civic buildings and bequests to the town council will be examined in this keen and searching light.’
‘”I never buy dances,” said Caden. “I don’t see the point. I just go there for a drink. I’ve never paid for anything, me.”‘
‘He spoke slowly, his smile constant, as if he was about to deliver the good news we so yearned for.’
‘Her stomach was doing little somersaults. Just think of it as an adventure, she told herself.’