Ian Hamilton

Born and educated in Edinburgh (George Heriots School), David Black was the first chairman of the Southside Association and his role here included writing material for Gordon Brown's Rector's Working Party on Planning. His first book was published in 1972. He has also written for the Sunday Times, Observer, Scotland on Sunday, Herald, Spectator, TLS and Scottish Field on subjects ranging from planning and architecture and the fine arts through to a good drink guide for Virgin Publishing. It is a wonderful romp of a read. I defy any reader, except Tony Blair, not to give many a belly laugh at the record of how Labour re-branded itself. The chapter on Calton Hill should be made proud reading in every school. This book is a roaring record of muddle and deceit. Start turning the pages. You won't stop until you reach the end. - Ian Hamilton QC

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