You’ve Got To Laugh – musings in sunlight and shadow by Laurence Demarco

You’ve Got To Laugh – musings in sunlight and shadow by Laurence Demarco
(available from Senscot, priced £10)

To order a copy email mail@senscot.net

Former Regeneration&  Renewal columnist Demarco is the founder of Senscot, the Scottish network of Social Entrepreneurs. Each week he sends a weekly bulletin about thesocial enterprise sector to network members, topped and tailed by personal reflections.

A few years ago these musings were collected, edited and turned into a book. It works brilliantly. Demarco’s life story is a vivid one. He was raised in an immigrant Italian family in Edinburgh, schooled as a boarder in England, trained for – then rejected – the priesthood, all before becoming a community activist and social entrepreneur in one of Edinburgh’s poorest estates.

The book’s origin as a series of columns means that the narrative is episodic, and it’s only as you get further into the book that the life story begins to knit together. Direct references to his working life are few, but it does paint a vivid portrait of the passions, fears and principles that motivate a prominent social entrepreneur.