Scotland’s Bookshops – The Watermill, Aberfeldy

November 18, 2017

Tell us the story of your shop Moving to Aberfeldy in Perthshire 14 years ago, we found a semi-derelict grade-A mill building. Six months of building work later, The Watermill Bookshop, Café & Gallery was opened by Michael Palin. Since then we have had fantastic support from our local customers...

Kapka Kassabova shortlisted for Baillie Gifford Prize

November 14, 2017

Kapka Kassabova has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baillie Gifford Prize, previously the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Muriel Spark 100: Centenary Celebrations

October 26, 2017

First details announced for nationwide programme of events & activities celebrating the life...

Douglas Dunn shortlisted for 25th Anniversary T.S. Eliot Prize

October 19, 2017

Scottish poet Douglas Dunn joins an electrifying 25th anniversary shortlist as the T.S. Eliot...

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Volume 12 Issue 5 Editorial

November 18, 2017

LET’S face it, too many books are published. Figures vary but it is generally believed that in the region of 200,000 titles are published in the UK each year. This is a staggering number which leaves us dumbfounded.


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A Bridge Too Far

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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...

Beebus Scotticus

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Bad Bankers and Bankrupt Banks

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