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December 4, 2016

Books 2016: Picks of the Year

Scotland’s leading writers and critics pick two books – one published in 2016 and one published in the past – that they most enjoyed reading in 2016. There’ll be new selections every day until Christmas Eve. 4th December features picks by Alexander Moffat, Sam Meekings and Christopher Harvie. ALEXANDER...

December 3, 2016

Books 2016: Picks of the Year

Scotland’s leading writers and critics pick two books – one published in 2016 and one published in the past – that they most enjoyed reading in 2016. There’ll be new selections every day until Christmas Eve. 3rd December features picks by Ali Smith, Cairns Craig and Peter Ross.

December 2, 2016

Books 2016: Picks of the Year

Scotland’s leading writers and critics to pick two books – one published in 2016 and one published in the past – that...

December 1, 2016

Books 2016: Picks of the Year

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers and critics to pick two books – one published this year and one published any...

December 1, 2016

Scotland’s Bookshops – The Shetland Times Bookshop

Every month we aim to publish a Q&A with a bookseller from one of our favourite bookshops in Scotland. This is the first...

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November 18, 2016

Volume 12 Issue 1 Editorial

We have reached that point in the calendar when the book trade is at its most buoyant. Over the coming month or so more books will be bought than in the rest of the year put together. Or so the theory goes. 

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The Return of The Cheviot

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The worst of times

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