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Judging the Booker – when a Scot won for the first (and so far only) time

March 9, 2018

In this, the 50th anniversary year of the Booker Prize, Alan Taylor reveals the details of How Late It Was, How Late’s incredible comeback in the judging rounds. This article was first published in Scotland on Sunday in 1994. Prize Fight EVERY circus needs its big top, and the grandiloquent Guildhall,...

Viv French wins the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

March 6, 2018

 Scottish Book Trust have announced that their 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award will go to Vivian French The author or illustrator nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award is an individual with an impressive backlist, a long record of engaging with their audience, and meaningful engagement...

Emerging Critics 2 – Deadline for applications extended to 14 March 2018

March 5, 2018

Don’t miss your chance to apply for a place on Emerging Critics 2. Deadline for applications...

An SRB Podcast special: Muriel Spark – The Crème de la Crème at the Usher Hall

March 3, 2018

A Scottish Review of Books podcast with live recording of 'Muriel Spark: The Crème de la Crème'...

Photographs from Muriel at the Usher Hall

February 13, 2018

New photographs have been made available from the Usher Hall Centenary celebration for Muriel...

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Volume 13 Issue 1 Editorial

February 10, 2018

MURIEL Spark, the centenary of whose birth we celebrate in this special issue of the Scottish Review of Books, left her native heath in 1937 not knowing when, if ever, she was likely to return. She was still a teenager and eager to see what lay beyond Edinburgh’s vertiginous tenements, greasy, gleaming...

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From The Vaults

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...

The SRB Interview: James Kelman

June 8, 2012

James Kelman was born in Govan in 1946 and brought up there and in Drumchapel. He left school at fifteen, and was living in London when he published his first short story collection, An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973). This was followed in 1983 with another collection, Not not while the giro, and shortly...

Volume 9 – Issue 4 – New Poems – Beauty

November 26, 2013

One: Like a bird (for Kay)   Long ago, remember, when we lived on the beach at Takapuna, a Texan   teacher of maths bought a fisherman’s dizzy wife for one thousand pounds – a good   price, equal to one year’s professional salary. All three – the fisherman,   the Texan maths-man, the wife...

Beebus Scotticus

November 12, 2011

The Scottish playwright James Bridie, who makes an incidental appearance in this book, unconvincingly dressed as a woman, was often accused of being incapable of writing a third act. For two-thirds of the evening he would beguile and provoke the audience. Then he would lose interest in his characters...