EDITORIAL


The new SR

Kenneth Roy introduces the new-look Scottish Review
Plus: Stylebook

CURRENT AFFAIRS


Trial without end

John Forsyth assesses the outcome of a notorious case
Plus: Digest Europe


Beggar with a phone
Katie Grant finds her compassion challenged
Plus: Digest Asia


Do we have the spark?
Ken Symon seeks an answer to our low business start-up rate
Plus: Digest America

ESSAYS


Right to fight

Nigel Biggar defends Britain's intervention in the first world war
Plus: Anthony Seaton


Poetic licence
Robert R Calder on how Andrew Marr got MacDiarmid badly wrong
Plus: Hopes for 2015

ARTS


Shelf life
Andrea Mullaney's
cultural commentary
Plus: Gerard Rochford's poem


An alien in Glasgow

Film: Jean Barr lauds the movie
of the year
Plus: Kenneth Roy on TV


Shell shocked
Critic-at-large Jordan Ogg on a remarkable new exhibition
Plus: Arts Diary

BOOKS


Smashing blethers
Kenneth Roy on the many targets of Alan Cochrane
Plus: Shortlist


Great improvers
Andrew Hook on the making of the Scottish town
Plus: Shortlist


The people's Gods

Bruce Gardner on the changing nature of religion
Plus: Shortlist


INSIDE STORY


The politics of grief
Kenneth Roy on the aftermath of the George Square tragedy
Plus: The Cafe

LIFE

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Bingo virgin
Barbara Millar has beginner's luck at the Mecca
Plus: The List

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Posh girls
Walter Humes observes the rituals of Britain's social elite
Plus: The Midgie

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Reasons to be thankful
Alan McIntyre's Letter from
New York
Plus: Alan Fisher's World

GALLERY

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The big picture
Bob Smith on the blockbusters
awaiting us
Plus: More Bob Smith

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Roads less travelled

Islay McLeod takes the way to nowhere
Plus: Rear Window