Review: ‘The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith’ Douglas MacGowan

It was a case that rocked Victorian society. Emile L'Angelier was a working-class immigrant from the Channel Islands who began a clandestine affair with prominent Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith. Six weeks after Emile threatened to show Madeleine's father their passionate letters, on 23 March 1857, he was found dead from arsenic poisoning. The evidence against … Continue reading Review: ‘The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith’ Douglas MacGowan

Convenience versus the independent bookshop

My partner and I decided to venture into Glasgow city centre on Friday after steering clear of it for pretty much the entirety of the pandemic thus far. After having some lunch, we went to the Savoy Centre on Sauchiehall Street, which is one of the city centre's main shopping streets. Inside, we were met … Continue reading Convenience versus the independent bookshop