The year 1999 felt like a good year. I was happily ensconced at University. I had made a great group of friends. The Labour Party was in power. They were making some great changes. The Scottish Parliament was born. Everything felt new and fresh. I can’t believe twenty years have passed since that happy year. But, here we are and the Scottish Parliament is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. To celebrate, the Parliament has released two books; – The Scottish Parliament in its Own Words An Oral History by Thomas A.W. Stewart Luath Press and The Scottish Parliament At Twenty by Jim Johnston and James Mitchell Luath Press. The first is a series of essays. These essays, penned by various individuals, speak of the; past, present and future of the Parliament. They discuss issues, such as; how the Scottish Parliament differs from its London counterpart, It’s relationship with the UK Parliament, its attempts to increase local participation, its relationship with local councils, the inclusion/exclusion of marginalized groups, the way that the Parliament is funded, and the way that the institution utilizes its budget. The second book explores the memories of people involved in its history. I really enjoyed these two books
The other two books were less impressive. I DNF’d the one and scanned read the second. I DNF’d We Need New Stories Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent by Nesrine Malik, Orion Publishing Group, W&N… It argues that the stories we tell are toxic and that we need to create new ones. I don’t know why I couldn’t finish this book. I may have been in the wrong mood for this work.
David Bowie was a reader and he was asked to share a list of his favorite books. This is an annotated version of this list. It looks at the books on the list as individual items, before exploring the role they played within Bowie’s life and art. If you dip in and out, reading a section, and then putting the book down, then you will enjoy this book. But, it gets boring if you try and read straight through.
These books didn’t warrant a full review. But, I wanted to tell you what I have read. I hope you found this to be a worthwhile read. What are you reading?