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Jane Haining’s Letter from Auschwitz

April 12, 2019

Alison Metcalfe is the Manuscripts Curator of Missionary and Military Archives at the National Library of Scotland. In this piece, she writes about the final letter sent by Jane Haining from Auschwitz in 1944. Haining was matron at the Scottish Jewish Mission School in Budapest and was arrested by the...

Rusticated… (VI)

April 5, 2019

  A sea-watching friend has had a coup. A crisp pair of photographs of a near-adult Kumlien’s gull, far from its usual cruising grounds in Arctic Canada. To most, the image will invoke nothing more involved than the phoneme “seagull” which, if you were to say it aloud, would drive Eddie to...

Spring Fever

April 1, 2019

We’ve had Autumn, followed by Winter. Now, Jim Crumley rolls us into Spring. He could be...

Notebook

April 1, 2019

IT has become accepted to talk about places both real and imaginary in novels as characters....

Coming and Going

April 1, 2019

"Impatience explains why I was ready to adopt a quarrelsome attitude to James Meek’s new...

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EDITORIAL

November 10, 2018

According  to Chambers Dictionary – perhaps the only book on our shelves that earns its daily keep – the word ‘maverick means ‘a person who does not conform, a determined individualist’. True mavericks are few. One such was John Calder who died in August in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival...

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November 10, 2018

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From The Vaults

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...

A Half-Wit Hero

November 10, 2009

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,...

The SRB Interview: Kathleen Jamie

June 8, 2012

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire in 1962 and brought up in Currie, near Edinburgh. She was a philosophy student at the University of Edinburgh when her first poetry collection Black Spiders was published in 1982.

Welsh Rarebit

October 26, 2009

No, I hadn’t read Irvine Welsh either. His books seemed easy to resist. The hype. The style-accessory business. The yoof market (even if the author wasn’t young). I recall a press story about the Grampian police deploring the effects of Trainspotting, the film, its glorification of drugs. You...