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Walter Scott shortlist Announced

May 21, 2018

A shortlist of six titles has been revealed for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The Walter Scott Prize, celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, was founded by patrons and distant kinsfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, to honour the legacy and achievements of Sir Walter...

Kapka Kassabova wins inaugural Highland Book Prize for ‘Border’

May 15, 2018

Kapka Kassabova was announced as the winner of the inaugural Highland Book Prize at the Ullapool Book Festival on 12th May. Her book, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta), is an exploration of the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece, once a heavily guarded line between east...

Emerging Critics Season 2: Opening Seminar

May 13, 2018

A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme...

Sharing the sad news of the death of illustrator and musician, Scott Hutchison

May 11, 2018

All at Scottish Review of Books are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Scott Hutchison. Scott...

Don’t forget – St Andrew’s and St George’s West Charity Book Fair starts this weekend

May 11, 2018

St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church in George Street, Edinburgh is well-known...

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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...

In Her Own Words

February 10, 2018

Memento Mori

February 10, 2018

The Debatable Land

February 10, 2018

Doctors of Philosophy

February 10, 2018

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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: Robin Robertson

May 30, 2015

Robin Robertson is a poet whose work is infused with classical myth and folklore. The gods and prophets who inhabit his poems are shape-shifting and transformational figures, such as Dionysus or Proteus. His visceral and sometimes violent verse displays a carefully controlled rhythm and musicality....

Alain-Fournier’s Solidarity Masterpiece

March 28, 2013

Youth is another country. They do things differently there, according to different rules, and in a language which is quite lost to us in later life. It is easy enough to capture early childhood in fiction. There are conventions about what the child knows and doesn’t know and because there is an adult...

Crimes Against Fiction?

May 30, 2015

‘TARTAN noir’ has been used to describe crime fiction written by Scottish crime writers for so long now – well over a decade – we’ve grown numb to it. Strange that a genre, or subgenre more accurately, that prides itself on mapping the moral badlands of contemporary Scotland should accept...