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Independent Publisher Scoops £25,000 Walter Scott Prize

June 20, 2018

Author Benjamin Myers has won the ninth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Gallows Pole, a novelisation of the true story of the Cragg Vale Coiners.  Bluemoose Books, a small Yorkshire-based independent publisher, triumphed over some of the UK’s biggest publishing houses and saw...

Pop-up bookshop on its way to the Western Isles

June 4, 2018

Waterstones and Scottish Book Trust are joining forces to take a pop-up bookshop to Benbecula. As part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, a Scottish Government campaign that aims to encourage children to develop a love of reading, Waterstones will take over 600 books to Benbecula and will...

Carol Ann Duffy’s Shore to Shore is heading to Scotland

May 31, 2018

Carol Ann Duffy’s hugely successful Shore to Shore is back for Independent Bookshop Week...

Walter Scott shortlist Announced

May 21, 2018

A shortlist of six titles has been revealed for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical...

Kapka Kassabova wins inaugural Highland Book Prize for ‘Border’

May 15, 2018

Kapka Kassabova was announced as the winner of the inaugural Highland Book Prize at the Ullapool...

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A Bridge Too Far

May 30, 2015

In the last few years I have visited Queensferry several times to see how the new road bridge is coming along. On one occasion I ran into a grizzled, middle-aged American from Ohio. Over drinks in a nearby hotel he said he had been working on the bridge and was on his way home. What he told me took...

Who is Nicola Sturgeon?

March 6, 2015

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 her was the man she was about to succeed,...

Pinch Me! But Where Do We Go From Here?

October 21, 2009

IT’S OLD AND IT’S the sort of story which, as us tabloid hacks like to say, is really too good to check. A grand New York publication, feeling rather hands-across-the-seaish and with a seasonal edition to fill, rang round assorted UN ambassadors to ask what they really wanted for Christmas. “Freedom...

Panama Hell

March 21, 2016

WHEN rumours leaked out that the Scots were considering setting up a trading colony in Panama, the Prince of Orange, William III, denounced them as ‘raging madmen’. Even the Pope waded into the growing chorus of disapproval, condemning a venture that threatened to undermine the Catholic believers...