And the land lay still is the sweeping scottish epic by james robertson and the land lay still is nothing less than the story of a nation james robertsons breathtaking novel is a portrait of modern scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants journalists and politicians drop outs and spooks all trying to make their way . And the land lay still is the fourth novel by scottish novelist and poet james robertson upon publication in 2010 it was widely praised for its breadth of exploration of scottish society in the latter half of the 20th century. Nor does he show any sign of forsaking the big issues in his new novel and the land lay still quite the opposite this time his subject is scotland from 1950 to the present day it gives him a fair bit to play with from the global oil industry services to the national sectarianism communism thatcherism devolution and destruction to . The land lay still is a sweeping history of post war scotland that educates excites and agitates the peaks and troughs of the independence movement as seen through the eyes of photographers journalists spies the young the old the innocent and the criminal. And the land lay still by james robertson hamish hamilton rrp1899 673 pages roman augurs used to examine the entrails of slaughtered animals to foretell the future similarly the corpse of the new labour government is under post mortem examination for signs of what happened and what may still come
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