Hope Whitmore

Hope Whitmore is an Edinburgh-based writer. She loves fat Victorian novels, the lost art of fashion illustration and freshly prepared food with lots of garlic, all of which she loves to write about. She aspires to be a novelist and looks up to Zadie Smith and Jeffrey Eugenides. http://hopewhitmore.wordpress.com/

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The Old Pretender landing at Peterhead

Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite Rising, National Library of Scotland - review

The title of the exhibition leads to comparisons between Jacobite Scotland and Game of Thrones - but luckily it is not contrived

'The Offering' by Grace McCleen

The Offering by Grace McCleen, book review: Dark secrets on the farm

Loss and sacrifice gape at the heart of this cinematic, jarring novel

As someone who's also autistic, the response to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's panic attack has horrified me

It's easy for the media to jump to conclusions rather than looking into the terrifying world of mental health problems

Hundreds of Yes supporters gather in George Square to show their support for the independence referendum on September 16, 2014

While England goes back to taking the union for granted, Scotland remains at war

Westminster's broken vows have only encouraged the 45 per cent of the Scottish population who voted Yes in September

Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie

I can't wait for the new Twin Peaks in 2016, but a glossy, HBO-style reboot would break my heart

Shows like Mad Men might have set a new stylistic standard, but the Twin Peaks I know and love will always be dated

Edinburgh

However I vote, the Scotland that I call home will never be the same again

My friends are pitted against each other, and our debates are turning nasty

Lorrie Moore: Calm prose belies the content

Bark, By Lorrie Moore: Book Review

Bark is our outer layer, the detritus of the lives we have lived until now: an immovable wedding ring on a divorcee’s finger; the grey matter which surrounds the brain. Bark protects and conceals, creating a safe layer between our lives and those of others, preventing us from getting too close. Yet a bark is also a cry, a domesticated version of Ginsberg’s howl, mellower, older, slightly muffled by age and convention, but no less desperate for this.

Book review: The Ghost Of The Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

Intrigued by the story of the Mary Celeste – a ship found inexplicably abandoned in the middle of the Atlantic – I approached this novel seeking answers. What caused the crew to leave their sound ship to face the sea in a small lifeboat? Why were their clothes undisturbed? And what became of these 10 misadventurers, including a two-year-old girl, after they left the ship?

The death sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar must not be carried out. It will divide India

After a conviction based solely on shaky evidence, Bhullar's appeal for clemency was rejected by the Indian government on earlier this year and time is running out

Review: Red Ink, By Julie Mayhew

My big fat Greek funeral

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

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