The Heads and Tails book group met in Morag Reeves’s house on 16/09/15. The book discussed was And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson, which charts 50 years of of Scottish history, both social and political, starting in 1950.
Most of the group had lived through the timespan the book covers, some in Scotland and others not. The general reaction to the book was positive, both by those of us who identified with the characters and events and those who felt it helped to explain their adopted country. However there was also some feeling that a lot of the characters were not very likeable.
We were left unsure of the significance of some of the stories within the story, for instance when Jean Barbour tells the story of Jack sailing to the edge of the earth. Can anyone comment on this for us?