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I’m excited to share with you a Scottish Poet ~ Pauline Prior – Pitt

Having just returned from a memorable trip to the Outer Hebrides ~ the island of Barra via Oban, then on to South Uist and back from Lochboisdale to Mallaig ~ I am excited to share with you Pauline Prior – Pitt.

South Uist

I bought ‘be an angel’ in the new Kildonan Centre. This is an interesting and thoughtfully displayed museum, where you could while away a morning reading the detailed boards alongside displays of artifacts and memorabilia. There’s a coffee shop for fresh lunches, soup, cakes, scones or just tea or coffee and also a local arts and crafts shop, where I bought ‘be an angel’.

I leafed through a couple of poems in the shop and was struck immediately by the notions ‘Pauline knows me personally! How did she know that? She has an amazing ability to describe, word for word, what goes on in my home, my relationships and in the depths of my mind in such a succinct but powerful way. There are some surprises however and twists at the end. Pauline seems to grip the heart of every conceivable human emotion ~ especially women’s.

I cannot quote a poem in case of infringing copyright but some of the titles may give you a taste of Pauline Prior-Pitt’s humour, as well as her understanding of humanity:

Leaving South Uist

be an angel, amnesia, sisterhood, together, crumbs, company of women, just, and when, a woman’s prayer …

‘be an angel’ is a collection of Pauline Prior Pitt’s poems inspired by the lives of women. Click on the link to go through to the publishers, Longstone Books. It does not appear to be available on Amazon.

If you love poetry, but also wish to have a flavour of life in the Outer Hebrides, (Pauline was born in North Uist) then I highly recommend this book.

Maureen Lipman says:

‘Everyone needs a Pauline Prior-Pitt in their lives and on their bookshelves.’

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Am I crazy? Probably. — Margaret Skea, Author writes …

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Fortitude is out – has been for over 2 weeks now – with a slightly different start to my usual, as the print version is currently only available from Amazon, though I will be doing a print run with my UK printer shortly. Why POD just now? Because I have taken the ‘head staggers’ and […]

via Am I crazy? Probably. — Margaret Skea, Author

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August 19, 2019 · 12:08 pm

Karma Lawyer: Courage and Love by Nigel Lesmoir Gordon

Maitland Fairweather is rich, successful, ruthless and good looking ~ but pretty cheesed off. He has discovered that his wife Sarah, of only a year, is having an affair. He decides to arrange to have her murdered without trace by a hit squad of three women.

This gripping tale is of Maitland, an unscrupulous lawyer of repute, struggling with his conscience as he covers his tracks and begins to build a new life. Falling in love with Mary, a whistleblower in a case he’s working on of a possibly corrupt scientific research company Scalar Electronics, creates further complications as he continues to dodge retribution.

The author Nigel Lesmoir Gordon has many messages to relay to us in this novel and as I reader I was not sure whether these asides were sometimes cleverly disguised fiction too.

Karma Lawyer is bitter sweet. I had empathy for Maitland even though I felt instinctively that I shouldn’t. I wanted Mary to see through his omissions of the truth and yet a small part of me wanted the relationship to work, softened by their genuine rapport and Mary’s good nature.

Karma Lawyer is an unusual novel and is well worth reading. It would make an excellent choice for a book group. I could imagine the heated arguments that it might provoke!

I wish Nigel every good fortune with this novel.

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