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Minority Reporter - Scotland's Bad Attitude Towards Her Own Irish
Minority Reporter - Scotland's Bad Attitude Towards Her Own Irish
by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class expose, 11 Sept. 2013
A must read, particularly for those - like me - that live outside Scotland. It explains how apartheid is alive and well in the est of Scotland and is written in an engaging and honest manner.

I doubt very much that the 'one star awarders' here have read this book and their comments highlight and indeed justify the author's stance. Please don't let their closed minds put you off buying this book. None of them have tried to critique the books buit sinply dismiss it without any reasoning. The more that the spotlight can be aimed at the ignorance and sense of entitlement from a (thankfully ever declining) minority in the west of Scotland in tomes like this the better I think.
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Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed
Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed
by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Crime, 12 May 2013
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This book opened my eyes to the corruption, venality and hubris that the late Rangers FC were subject to during the late 1990s and and another decade.

The author has penned an astonishing narrative and he will,no doubt, have an equally interesting and reveal sequel to write as events continue to unfold and more sordid secrets are revealed as to the dishonesty and dishonour that the newly formed club are as equally mired.

Where were or are the Scottish newspapers in all this?


Kiss Me Quick
Kiss Me Quick
by Danny Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Promising, 16 April 2011
This review is from: Kiss Me Quick (Paperback)
This book enthralled me simply from the flyleaf description and I wasn't disappointed. There's lots of scope for future 1960s stories and the author certainly has any eye for period detail. (Although, being pedantic, the use throughout of 'Detective Treadwell' instead of using his - and other policemen's rank in the book - was slightly annoying. And while I'm at it, mods wearing 'Parkers' and actresses wanting an 'equity' card were mild distractions but hopefully these will edited in later versions.)


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House
by Kate Summerscale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A labour of love, 16 Nov. 2009
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This book is meticulously researched, well written and is a revealing insight into middle class Victorian mores. It was clearly a labour of love for the author who deserves credit for her attention to detail and for presenting the facts of the murder and its consequences in a clear and lucid fashion.

That said, I think the book promised more than it delivered as I was expecting a more lurid and voyeuristic version of the crime and its criminal; perhaps that says more about me than the author. There are many hints about sexual deviations and the double standards of the morals of those mentioned in the book but these traits are never really expanded upon.

I had also anticipated some sort of revelation about the crime - perhaps using 21st century forensic and scientific advances- but apart from a few vague suppositions (I don't want to give anything away) there were no new and shocking theories as to what might have happened or who really killed the child.

Given that the fates of the main characters involved were mentioned in detail I was surprised that there was no mention of the house where the crime occurred; its geography is set out in some detail and I'd have been interested to know if the house still exists.
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The Appeal
The Appeal
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The reason why Grisham wrote this book...., 20 April 2009
This review is from: The Appeal (Paperback)
...was to point out that the American judicial system (under a Bush regime) was/is going to hell in a handcart with big business buying judges who would not be on the side of the 'little guy'.

Fortunately, here in the UK we don't elect our legal officials so the whole point of the book is lost. Our civil (and criminal too) courts are utterly independant and the moral of this book is how judges can be bought and paid for in the American legal system.

I felt cheated after reading this book (though I'm a big Grisham fan andA Painted House is one of my all time favourite reads) and it really shouldn't have been marketed in the UK given the damp squib ending and how the climax would not have been the same here in Britain.


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