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Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton By John Boursnell There’s a passage in a late William Gibson novel where a character is trying to describe Tokyo, saying ‘It’s like… but it’s not. It’s like… but it’s not really’. Fifty Sounds is described by its publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions as ‘a personal dictionary…

‘Notes on Grief’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie By Trudy Lynn A few years ago, when a relative fell terminally ill with cancer, I searched for books dealing with grief. I wanted company in my misery; I wanted to learn how to grieve from wiser teachers. This is the book I…

Molly Hankinson moved to Glasgow in 2014 to study fine art, painting and printmaking at Glasgow School of Art. She grew up in Lewisham, London, and says “my heart will always be there, but Glasgow is a home away from home. You have so much creative freedom here.” Last year,…

  The blistering, bestselling debut by Graeme Armstrong is new in paperback this month – and has just been picked up for TV adaptation by Synchronicity Films. Here, Graeme picks his top Scottish books. ‘The Panopticon’, by Jenni Fagan A tough and claustrophobic exploration of horror and hope in Scotland’s…