A Book Review, Searchable Authors and a New Word!

Category: Reading

If you've been following Book Talk so far, you'll know that every month we are soliciting a review of the chosen book from an author on our Live Literature database. 

What is the database? It's a searchable and browseable list of authors who are based in Scotland and have met the criteria to receive Live Literature Funding. It's useful for finding an author for an event, author visit to school or library or other commission. It's also interesting to browse and see the massive variety of authors who live and work in Scotland. Have a browse and you'll see what we mean.

This month, the Live Literature author review is by Dr. Bashabi Fraser (above), who describes it as "...a novel which combines the mesmerising storyteller’s art with the deftness of an artist whose character portraiture draws the reader into an intimate circle of people and events."

Her review also contained a word that was new to some of us, syncretism. Here is its definition according to Wikipedia;


Syncretism (English pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/) is the combining of different beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought. The term means "combining"... ...Syncretism may involve the merger and analogising of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.


Once we knew what it meant, we thought this was a very appropriate word to apply to Lyrics Alley. It's always great to learn new words, and it just goes to show that reading keeps developing your knowledge long after you leave school.

However, in the case of syncretism, we'll not challenge you to try to use it 3 times in a sentence today!