“A mature, elegant collection by a gifted poet.”
Kathleen Jamie, Forward Poetry Prize winning author of The Tree House
"These poems impose a quiet attention, reward careful reading. Low key, they are highly charged."
"Brian Johnstone's writing is rounded in reality; it locates and combines symbolism with biography. 'The Home Service' is a fine poem, illustrating how we cope and do not cope with change and time... 'Class Photograph' evokes old school photographs. Poems of places in Scotland have an intimacy and sense of history. 'Firth' is very well-written, with a beautiful movement, rhetorical, yet of the human voice. This is an enjoyable collection by an accomplished writer."
John Idris Jones
"As someone who reads books of poetry as often as he’s able, for me Brian Johnstone’s The Book of Belongings came as a revelation. These poems are full of technical refinement, fascinating perspectives and provocative expressions... It’s powerfully done, a book to read end-to-end."
Stephen Lackaye, Edinburgh Review