By Kenneth Roy
This is the second one quantity in Kenneth Roy’s magisterial sequence at the lifetime of Scotland because the moment global struggle. the 1st, The Invisible Spirit: a lifetime of Post-War Scotland 1945–75, used to be met with instant acclaim. Ian Hamilton declared it ‘The such a lot extraordinary booklet on Scotland i've got ever read’.
This new quantity brings the tale a lot toward the current day and strains in bright and captivating aspect the social and political threads which lead on to the Scotland of the twenty-first century. There are outstanding highs and devastating lows. alongside the best way the writer describes the oil increase in Shetland, offers a hilarious account of Scotland’s doomed crusade on the global Cup in Argentina and tells the mind-blowing tale of the cloning of Dolly the sheep. In darkish distinction he additionally offers a searing research of such tragedies because the Orkney baby intercourse abuse scandal, the Lockerbie bombing and the bloodbath of schoolchildren and a instructor at Dunblane. this isn't traditional historical past as a bland recital of proof: in a glowing and caustic critique, Kenneth Roy anatomizes a frequently dysfunctional Scotland that is nonetheless recognisable this day. yet because the publication closes, desire is simply not far away – or is it? The damaged Journey culminates in a referendum and the inauguration of the hot Scottish parliament. The level is determined for the long run we now reside in . . .
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The Broken Journey: A Life of Scotland 1976–99 by Kenneth Roy