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Book of the Month: Amphibian by Christina Neuwirth

November 17, 2018

  On a summer’s day Rose Ellis arrives at the job she doesn’t-much-love but doesn’t-hate-enough-to-leave to find that her entire floor will be subjected to an ‘AquaProductivity’ experiment. Stagnating sales at Edinburgh’s MoneyTownCashGrowth are, quite literally, putting her team under...

Highland Book Prize Longlist Announced

November 9, 2018

  The longlist for the Highland Book Prize, announced today, features an expanding range of books in the prize’s second year. The proportion of fiction on the list of fourteen titles has increased in 2018 with Gaelic and crime fiction featuring for the first time. Donnchadh MacGillIosa is...

Kenneth Roy, 26 March 1945 – 5 November 2018

November 8, 2018

There was widespread shock and sadness in Scotland at the revelation, in a typically graceful...

Rusticated… (II)

November 2, 2018

  A teaching colleague asks what I’ve been up to during the mid-semester break, and...

Kassabova, Al Rawi win International Prizes

November 1, 2018

  Two international awards were announced this week: Kapka Kassabova has won the British...

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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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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,...

Not bad for a housewife

October 28, 2009

Volume 1 Issue 2 Alice Munro won the Nobel prize for literature in 2013. This piece is from our archive from 2009. TWO OF SCOTLAND’S most gifted writers, of all time, are born-and-bred Canadians – Alice Munro and Alistair MacLeod, now in their seventies. Are they as Scottish as their names,...

Pinch Me! But Where Do We Go From Here?

October 21, 2009

IT’S OLD AND IT’S the sort of story which, as us tabloid hacks like to say, is really too good to check. A grand New York publication, feeling rather hands-across-the-seaish and with a seasonal edition to fill, rang round assorted UN ambassadors to ask what they really wanted for Christmas. “Freedom...