That was a month! Exactly a month on from the launch of CHOOSE LIFE. CHOOSE LEITH, I have taken around one hundred people on the tour  – here’s a link to a comment on the tour (I’m not sure why they call me ‘Mr Cook’) and shifted around fifty books.

Here it is (bottom left) on the publisher’s shelf in the Book Festival shop. I’m very proud that is alongside Darren McGarvey’s Poverty Safari. If you haven’t heard of it yet, don’t worry, you will. In many ways, my book is on the same subject: they are both an account of what happens to people and communities when they are treated carelessly and worse, and the inevitable consequences of persistent poverty. McGarvey’s book is written with lived experience of the subject in hand and in my case the focus is on Welsh’s Trainspotting.

If you have any comment about the book, please put it on The Book page and share it with others. I don’t know how the world of comment and criticism in the press goes; all I know is that there has been one fairly brief comment in The Herald and we’re hoping for more. If there’s anything you can do, please do it.

I’m waiting for Luath to make a link to the e-version, then I will send round an email to all my correspondents.