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Looking for Mma Ramotswe

July 31, 2018

Looking for Mma Ramotswe   This summer sees the 20th anniversary of the publication of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the first book in Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally bestselling series of the same name. In 2004, SRB contributor David Robinson travelled with McCall Smith to Botswana...

Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

July 27, 2018

The 2018 Man Booker longlist, announced this week, shows the judges themselves daring to take the risks prizes purport to reward. This year’s Booker Dozen is full of works from writers displaying a ‘willingness to take risk with form’, according to philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame...

Scotland’s Bookshops- Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar

July 18, 2018

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with Millie McCosh-Thomson, bookseller at Atkinson-Pryce,...

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...

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...

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August 11, 2018

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the last reading Charles Dickens gave in Edinburgh. On 26 February, 1869, the most fêted English writer of his generation appeared at the music hall in George Street. It was a homecoming of sorts. Dickens was no stranger to the Scottish capital; it was where...

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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...

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...

Where Mary Met Muriel

June 27, 2013

Sometimes you meet an author who takes you by the hand, and engages some hitherto untapped corner of the mind. Mary Shelley was such for Muriel Spark, and Spark must have been for countless others. I would count myself one. My first conception of Scottish Literature (apart from Burns, omnipresent in...

Alain-Fournier’s Solidarity Masterpiece

March 28, 2013

Youth is another country. They do things differently there, according to different rules, and in a language which is quite lost to us in later life. It is easy enough to capture early childhood in fiction. There are conventions about what the child knows and doesn’t know and because there is an adult...