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Books of the Year 2017 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 24, 2017

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2017. Robert Crawford gives us his pick on 24th December.

Books of the Year 2017 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 23, 2017

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2017. Ian Wall gives us his picks on 23rd December.

Books of the Year 2017 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 22, 2017

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to...

Books of the Year 2017 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 21, 2017

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to...

Books of the Year 2017 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 20, 2017

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to...

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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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