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Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 13, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December. Today's selection is from Rosamund de la Hey.

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 12, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December. Today's selection is from Hayden Westfield-Bell.

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 11, 2018

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

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 10, 2018

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

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 9, 2018

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

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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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