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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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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