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...

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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...

Scotland Dialling 999

October 28, 2009

IN THE AYRSHIRE of Andrew O’Hagan’s third novel there are no happy people, not one. This is a non-trivial detail: the absence of all happiness is peculiar. The locals staring into the shifting Irish Sea, with no Tolstoyan means of support, are meanwhile unhappy in a peculiar way. God or an author...

Bad Bankers and Bankrupt Banks

August 3, 2014

People always meant it as a compliment to the late lamented leader of the Labour party, John Smith, when they described him as being like a Scottish bank manager: sober suit, subdued tie, polished shoes, bald head, owlish spectacles, slight frown as if contemplating a request for an overdraft he felt...

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...