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The Diary of Archie the Alpaca

Although it’s just past the festive season, The Diary of Archie the Alpaca is the perfect giftable pocket book for starting the New Year. The petite ‘diary’, spanning January to December from the perspective of an amusing alpaca and his two cats, offers page-by-page literary treats for all: from haikus to profound one liners on […]

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The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days

Aside from the uninspiring cover, The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin lives up to its title in recounting the most unordinary tale in a truly beguiling fashion. Opening on day one of our elderly protagonist arriving in Berlin, the novel goes on to flit between his past and present life […]

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The White Bird Passes

Unlike so many classics, Jessie Kesson’s semi-autobiographical The White Bird Passes seems not to have stood the test of time. Set in 1920s Aberdeenshire, the Scottish novelist’s first work centralises on the character of Janie, an 8 year old girl whose world is the personified lane she lives on until its inhabitants are forced apart […]

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek

In light of the recent celebration of Robert Louis Stevenson day, The Student takes a look at Anthony O’Neill’s sequel Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek. Over 130 years after the original was published, O’Neill’s sequel jumps right back into the aftermath of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’s action. Set seven years after Mr Hyde’s death, […]

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Book Week Scotland: Soul Food Café

To celebrate Book Week Scotland’s theme of ‘Nourish’ drawing to a close, the Lighthouse Bookshop opened its doors for the ‘Soul Food Café’, seeing Kate Young and Kevin MacNeil discuss food, life and literature. Revealing the inspiration behind their books (Young’s The Little Library Cookbook and MacNeil’s The Diary of Archie the Alpaca), the writers shared […]

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The Little Library Cookbook

Who hasn’t dreamt of Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake in Matilda, Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs & Ham or even Paddington’s infamous marmalade? Part memoir, part cookery book, Kate Young’s The Little Library Cookbook is a scrapbook of recipes from everyone’s food fantasies in fiction that runs alongside a narrative telling the life and inspirations of the […]

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Thatcher Stole My Trousers

To the younger generation, the name Alexei Sayle may not set many bells ringing. However, skip back to the late 1970s and this communist Jew from Liverpool was at the forefront of a revolution changing the face of British comedy forever. After retiring 20 years ago, one of our nation’s most influential comics, best known […]