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 quick acclaim. Ian Hamilton declared it ‘The so much extraordinary publication on Scotland i've got ever read’.
This new quantity brings the tale a lot toward the current day and strains in shiny and enchanting aspect the social and political threads which lead on to the Scotland of the twenty-first century. There are excellent highs and devastating lows. alongside the way in which the writer describes the oil growth in Shetland, offers a hilarious account of Scotland’s doomed crusade on the global Cup in Argentina and tells the miraculous 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 evidence: in a glowing and caustic critique, Kenneth Roy anatomizes a regularly dysfunctional Scotland that's nonetheless recognisable this present day. yet because the ebook 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 degree is determined for the longer term we now dwell in . . .
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The Broken Journey: A Life of Scotland 1976–99 by Kenneth Roy