Birlinn Books – Notes from the Basement

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

This week’s Summer Fiction newsletter opens on a sad note, with news of the death of novelist Isla Dewar. Isla was the author of seventeen novels and won legions of fans with her wit, warmth and pinpoint observation of human behaviour. Our thoughts are with her husband Bob, whose illustrations enliven so many of our books, and her family. Our tribute is here.

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it’s finally here!

On a volcanic island, in the middle of shark-infested waters, Larker is sent to the The Cruel School. The lessons are appalling, the school dinners are revolting and the teachers are terrifying – but the scariest thing is Doctor Doktur’s mysterious ‘Monsterfication Machine’. And soon, Larker comes face to face with a real life MEGAMONSTER!


David Walliams


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Allied Armour, 1939-1945, British and American Tanks at War Pen and Sword Books

The author has demonstrated a sound knowledge of armoured vehicles in his previous books and this new book provides that knowledge in comparing British and American armoured vehicles at war. The Allied armour was much more capable than many historians have acknowledged and this book dispels some of the past errors and misconceptions of other military historians. Very Highly Recommended

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