by Nick Major

The quality of Gavin Francis’ books belies the fact that writing is not his only occupation. Born in Fife in 1975, he qualified from medical school in Edinburgh in 1999 and spent ten years travelling around the world. In 2008 he published his first book, True...

Volume 11 Issue 4 Editorial

by SRB

SEVEN decades ago plans for the first Edinburgh International Festival, which finally took place in 1947, were well underway. Its promoters were visionaries who through art and culture aspired to unite nations and peoples who for six long and calamitous years were hellbent on wiping each...

Crichton’s Close

by Colin Waters

I can’t stop reading, watching and listening to articles, podcasts and programmes about the US Presidential election. I listen to’s Trumpcast on the way to work. Every night while eating dinner I watch CNN’s State of the Race, hosted by the break-out star of this election cycle, the whip-smart...

Blog / Discussion

2016 Saltire Awards – Shortlists Announced

by News

The Saltire Society Literary Awards, 2016 - Shortlists

Crichton’s Close

by Colin Waters

Nobel for Dylan

by Alan Taylor

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From The Vaults

A Half-Wit Hero

by Allan Massie

IT IS ALMOST thirty years since William Boyd published A Good Man in Africa. An immediate success, it won the Whitbread prize for the best first novel and the Somerset Maugham Award. Boyd had already caught one’s attention with elegant stories published in London Magazine, and his second novel,...

Who is Nicola Sturgeon?

by Harry McGrath

DAVID Torrance’s biography of Nicola Sturgeon opens in the Scottish Parliament. She is about to become the First Minister of Scotland and ‘appeared relaxed in a red one-piece dress (designed by Edinburgh design duo Totty Rocks). Sitting a few rows behind...

The SRB Interview: Jackie Kay

by SRB

Opening one of Jackie Kay’s books is like walking into a busy metropolitan bar that has accommodated within its walls the deep past, character and charm of a country pub. You know you will encounter stories comic and sad, that you will never leave thirsty, and that the...

Scotland Dialling 999

by Ian Bell

IN THE AYRSHIRE of Andrew O’Hagan’s third novel there are no happy people, not one. This is a non-trivial detail: the absence of all happiness is peculiar. The locals staring into the shifting Irish Sea, with no Tolstoyan means of support, are meanwhile unhappy in...