Alex Massie


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As any fool knows the freedom of the press is, in the end, the freedom of the chap who owns the press. Much the same may be said of blogs. Which is why I won't waste time by recommending that you could buy my father's latest novel and skip straight to suggesting that you damn well should. This novel* - Surviving - obviously deseverves more than your indifference.

Do you love Italy? Do you love booze? Do you love life? Do you feel you deserve a second chance? If you could credibly answer yes to a couple of those questions then you should buy this book. And if you can't say yes then this is the only novel you have to buy this year. Them's the breaks and there's consolation in other people's broken lives.

Buy the book on Amazon or, better, direct from the publisher, here.

interview with the old boy here. And, for that matter, while you're at it you could buy his other books here. Necessary disclosure: yup, that's ma faither and, yup, you can also find his well-read ruminations for the Spectator here.

 *Embarrassingly, I'd managed to get the title wrong. Thanks to James Joyner for correcting me. For shame... And did I mention that you don't have to read the book, only purchase it? Also, it would make a splendid present.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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