Swithering » swither (Scots), v.: to be uncertain, in two minds, to doubt, waver, or dither.

Molly, Molly McBryde (part 2)

April 12, 2016 | No Comments

Taggart’s still riled from haggling with the cooper over the new barrels when in comes a lassie followed by auld McFadden, who’s wheezing like the bellows. He clatters an enormous…

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The Reading Life: 2015

December 31, 2015 | No Comments

It’s New Year’s Eve, 10.30pm, and I’m struggling to stay awake for the bells. What a year it was. What a year it’s been. I’m knackered, discombobulated. Happy and sad.…

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The Croft and the Stone

October 26, 2015 | No Comments

In September I read an essay by John McPhee, “Omission: Choosing what to leave out,” in The New Yorker, and it reminded me how much I admire his work. I promptly made…

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