Talking About Books
Many years ago, when I was a student at the University of
Edinburgh, I spent a blissful weekend at the Burn House, near
Edzell. The occasion was grandly named a reading party, but it was
really just the chance to escape to the country for a few days,
staying in a beautiful mansion house and endlessly discussing books
and poetry with fellow students. So I was delighted to see Willie
Shand's feature on the River North Esk this week, in which he
describes a peaceful walk that takes him through the beautiful part
of Angus in which the Burn is situated.
I still love reading and talking about books, and I'm really
enjoying our new-look books page. This month, our theme is
historical romance - one of my favourite genres! Turn to page 63
for our recommendations on the pick of the new titles - and don't
forget that you can also enter our draw to win all three books
I also loved Rebecca Holmes's account of her first-ever
Continental holiday on page 27, which brought back memories of my
own experiences of travelling through France by train.
Finally, can you believe that, this week, the Queen's youngest
son turns fifty? You'll find Ian Lloyd's birthday tribute to Prince
Edward on page 44.