Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

Our ideas of Paris during the war may well have been shaped from the film Casablanca. "Well, Rick, we’ll always have Paris…" Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) says. But I would doubt few, if any of us, would have paused to consider what Paris actually meant for those living there in the period of the Second World War. Those living there meant the women (because the men were absent, fighting or prisoners). This unique well-researched book comprises a collection of accounts by and about women who were left in an occupied country to face the enemy on an everyday basis. The enemy was not a stereotype – as many Germans were described as courteous, educated and cultured, enjoying the sophistication of Paris.

Published 16 September 2016

Marshall Hall: A Law unto Himself

Advocate Stephen O'Rourke is impressed with a new biography of the great barrister Marshall Hall.

Published 2 September 2016

Justice (terminally) delayed…

Published 12 August 2016

Poacher’s Pilgrimage

John Sturrock QC enjoys a Poacher's Pilgrimage to the Western Isles and finds this mystical journey is much more than another travel book.

Published 5 August 2016

Hume: An Intellectual Biography

Long ago I was introduced to the philosophy of David Hume (1711-76) by the late Neil MacCormick lecturing in the Jurisprudence class at Edinburgh University. It was the best of ways to meet another great mind. In the scheme of the course Hume was presented as the harbinger of the end of Natural Law thinking, with his warning that “is” should not be confused with “ought”, and his argument that human reason (the main basis for Natural Law apart from God) is, and ought to be, the slave of the human passions.  We are primarily guided in our reasoning about what to do by our past experience (which of course includes the ways in which we observe others behaving in similar situations). In that process, our perceptions of cause and effect are mainly if not entirely guided by observation of constant conjunctions of facts or by custom and habit.  So, for example, justice, and its concomitants, property and promise-keeping, are thus artificial creations rather than matters of nature, designed by humans as means of holding in check and balance our tendency to pursue our own self-interest at the expense of others.

Published 22 July 2016

Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances

In Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances James Hunter masterly weaves together a fascinating account of the Sutherland Clearances. One that takes you from the Strath of Kildonan and other parts of Sutherland to battles in New Orleans via South Africa and onto the foundation of what is now the Canadian city of Winnipeg.

Published 22 July 2016

The Last Communard

It may surprise some readers that the last Communard of this title is not Jimmy Somerville, the shrill voice of the 1980s, but Adrien Lejeune who as a young free-thinker reluctantly took the side of the Commune revolutionaries when the people of Paris rose up against the reactionary French government that had capitulated to the besieging Prussians in 1871.

Published 15 July 2016

Confessions of a Barrister

The gavel, a device never used in the English courts, features on the cover of Confessions of a Barrister – and is a harbinger of things to come.

Published 15 July 2016

Broken Vows - Tony Blair - The Tragedy of Power

Blair's broken vows

Published 8 July 2016

What Paintings Say, 100 Masterpieces in Detail

Artists as historians

Published 8 July 2016

Thicker Than Water

Gillian Mawdsley is impressed by Cal Flynn's first novel – inspired by the discovery that one her ancestors was Angus MacMilan, the leader of the notorious Highland Brigade that massacred aborigines in 19th century Australia while Connor Beaton delves into the darker side of the Internet to explore hate crime in cyberspace.

Published 1 July 2016

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

Danielle Keats Citron's Hate Crimes in Cyberspace makes for uncomfortable but important reading for lawyers in the 21st century.

Published 1 July 2016

101 Gins to try before you die

My first realisation that Britain was in the grip of gin mania came via my fashionable young niece. Then signs announcing the arrival of 'Gin Bars' began to sprout everywhere – including one near my home in the leafy West End of Dundee.

Published 24 June 2016

The Wikileaks Files

Book of revelations

Published 17 June 2016

Pat Douthwaite

Rediscovering Scotland's tragic High Priestess of the Grotesque

Published 17 June 2016