Violently Happy

A shout out this evening to Doug Johnstone. I know his work best through his three published novels (the new one ‘Smokeheads’ reviewed here) but he’s also had a parallel career as a musican with Fence associates Northern Alliance. About whom I know little more than zero. In fact, slightly embarrasingly, my only previous exposure…

It’s Shite Being Scottish

A sentiment that we all share at  times but one that has been pilfered from Irvine Welsh’s ‘Trainspotting’ by today’s book. And if there was ever a novel meant to be reviewed on a Scottish music blog then Doug Johnstone’s ‘The Ossians’ is surely it. Although I read about the book when it was published…