Here is a news flash on Kenneth Roy’s book THE INVISIBLE SPIRIT.

The Invisible Spirit has been selected as one of The Guardian’s Books of the Year, with a glowing testimonial. It is also the only Scottish book of autumn 2013 to be recommended by the independent Book Addict’s Guide to Good Books, which lists outstanding English-language titles published anywhere in the world.

I picked it out as the best book on Scotland I have ever read and briefly reviewed it below.



  1. christopher donohue Says:

    I agree with you comments on this essential book written by Kenneth Roy. At my age (66) the book is a sort of ‘this is your life’. In the next year it should be a compulsory read for all new young voters. It cleverly crafts the changing attitudes of Scotland from the end of WWII to the Devolved Parliament.
    Power to your pen, Mr Hamilton.

  2. allymax bruce Says:

    Where’s the love … Yes for the Love of Scotland.
    by allymax

    her life is bitter cold and bleak
    the abuse now more she can take
    mustering the last her sense of worth
    she makes herself pretty in prospect hope
    Face-to-face Her image has grown
    Her Spirit even now Gracious and Known

    incomes the nastiness abusing her part
    sneering derision turns her love dark
    dancing like devils dancing with delight
    smearing fearing sneering into the night

    But Blessed is She reviled by them
    persecuted tormented but abideth again
    Her greatest of ease abideth in Love
    Faith in His Hope from Heaven above

    living in dust from a fallen curse
    Her Whelp of Nation will thrive alone
    biting the heels of the abusive one

    Last Post Productions
    All Rights Reserved to allymax

  3. allymax bruce Says:

    Dear Ian, seeing as you so easily ‘recommend’ Kenneth Roy’s book, The Invisible Spirit, I thought it right to add a critical measure. I read Mr. Roy’s book, and thought it was true to his journalistic nature. It passes for what is ‘contemporary’ writing today; unfortunate, unattractive, and accreditation by a self-serving sycophant Press closed-shop clique. Certain to earn his spurs, Mr. Roy’s unnerving allegiance to the Westminster Establishment clique, has finally brought him his due.
    Now to the ‘writing’.
    Mr. Roy fails to evoke ‘the image’ to its full; that eschews a ‘lack of identity’ in the writer; in this case, the journalist! Rushing through perpetual ‘doubled-descriptives’, doesn’t add prestige; it only proves an inability to express the kernel of the point. Beginning with a big word, like ‘incongruously’, stutters the readers concentration. But! There’s a lot of good ‘material’ in Kenneth’s book, but it’s all ‘chronologically’ misused. Ian, If this is what you call “The Voice of Scotland”, your unequivocal disservice is to all great writers ‘voice of Scotland’, and still remain great to this day. At least, Ian, your writing isn’t journo-istic; in-deed, when I read your father’s story for the first time just a few weeks ago, I seen how your writing is concomitant with your soul-searched style; disciplined by Proper-English, punctuated with stiff grammar, and expressed with wit & tourney. Your writing is very much in the Victorian mould; and very rare to see today; very much appreciated by me. My writing, however, is very different. As shown in my poetry, especially my poetry to Seamus Heaney, ‘This glass of ours’, it demonstrates a 3 dimensional function to it; specific & available to the reader’s every Ucs & Uc attention; unpunctuated by anything of Man, but by His/his (generic), faculties. As shown by Mr. Roy, other ‘writers’ operate mainly in a one dimensional didactic fashion; adding a use of run-on, elongated, doubled-descriptives,, tripled grammar & punctuated sentences to instill ‘dimension’ into their prose. Mr. Roy, neither deserves, nor rates, a Scottish accolade as a writer; and neither is getting one; his ‘prize’ is from his Westminster Establishment Press closed-shop clique!

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