Friends have been very kind about the book – that is what friends are for – but I live in trepidation at the appearance of dispassionate reviews. According to Birlinn, the first is likely to come from the Daily Mail, followed soon afterwards by The Spectator. Since my politics are – like John Lorne Campbell’s – more left than right, these are not publications I see very often. I wonder what they will make of a man who was a radical land reformer and a Scottish nationalist who refused to fight for the British Empire?

I wrote that a few months ago and since then the reviews have appeared in print. On the whole, a pretty good batch.  But they are documented in this section, a page per review, so you can judge for yourself.  And please feel free to add your own comments.