Tartan is back in

The Tartan Turban: In Search of Alexander Gardner by John Keay

Published 1 September 2017

Lindell’s List

The title of this book refers to an incident in April 1945. In response to the denial by SS Guards that there were any Anglo-American prisoners being held at Ravensbrück concentration camp, Mary Lindell, the subject of what might be loosely termed a biography, bravely stepped forward and produced a list of names for the visiting Red Cross officials. She and her fellow prisoners were then evacuated by White Buses to Sweden, preventing them from being used as hostages, being shot or even quite simply dying from disease in the final days of the war.

Published 21 April 2017

Classic text blighted by Chinese whispers

The Ruler's Guide by Chinghua Tang

Published 7 April 2017

Europe’s last frontier

Border by Kapka Kassabova

Published 17 February 2017

Second-Hand Time

Anyone who wants to understand modern Russia and the collective sense of humiliation felt by the Russian people should read this powerful collection of interviews, mainly with Sovoks, those Russians brought up in the Soviet era and who lived through the transition of the crumbling one-party state into an autocratic kleptocracy.

Published 3 February 2017

Agricultural Tenancies (Fourth Edition)

There is irony in the fact that whilst surveys show that the number of agricultural tenancies in Scotland has been falling, the amount (and complexity) of legislation and regulation of agricultural tenancies continues to increase. As a consequence, the need for an updated version of Lord Gill's seminal textbook on agricultural tenancies has never been greater. Indeed, ever since the passing of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003, the most frequently asked question in this subject has been "When is the next edition coming out?". Apart from the author's heavy workload, it seems as though the main cause for delay has been the frequent changes to the legislation since then. However, these oft repeated requests have now been answered, and answered in full.

Published 27 January 2017

Ike’s Irish Lover

Barrister Kieron Wood has turned what might have been a footnote of history into a highly readable account of the long-running affair between the Allied commander General Dwight D Eisenhower and his West Cork-born chauffeuse Kay Summersby (née MacCarthy-Morrogh).

Published 13 January 2017

Commercial Awareness for Lawyers

Designed as a Diploma text, this book is worthy of a much wider, and older readership.

Published 6 January 2017

The Supreme Court

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic’s book on Ireland's Supreme Court comes highly recommended by Seosamh Gráinséir.

Published 23 December 2016

Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall

“I was five years old when I learned that my grandmother lived behind a curtain.” The line that opens this book written by a former U.S. intelligence officer, Nina Willner  is, of course, a reference to the Iron Curtain.

Published 18 November 2016

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Kapil Summan was greatly impressed by East West Street and spoke to the author about current threats to human rights.

Published 11 November 2016

Present Tense

The main character in WHS McIntyre’s book is Robbie Munro, a criminal lawyer in a one man band on Linlithgow High Street. From this book’s opening paragraph, it takes the reader into the highly recognisable field for lawyers undertaking criminal work as it refers to “Clients. They fall into one of three categories: sad, mad or bad”. How many times has that been said by lawyers on a daily basis? Robbie Munro is a criminal lawyer who is not doing too well but is trying to do his best, failing frequently but staying - thankfully for the Law Society of Scotland - on the right side of the law. He believes in justice.

Published 7 October 2016

Book review – Exercising Professional Judgement: Mastering the Craft of Lawyering

The fourth in Dr Fiona Westwood's series has just been published and is a must for any solicitor taking the nurturing of young lawyers or their own professional development seriously.

Published 5 October 2016

Churchill and Ireland

Published 30 September 2016

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: A Memoir by Ross Harper

Ross Harper remembers

Published 30 September 2016