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Tom Leonard

January 7, 2019

Members of the Scottish Review of Books team were saddened to hear of the death of Tom Leonard – poet, writer and critic – on the shortest day of winter, 21 December 2018. He was 74 and died after a short period in hospital. A full appreciation of his life and work will follow in the Spring print...

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 24, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. Today's selection is from Rosemary Goring.

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 23, 2018

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

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 22, 2018

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

Muriel Spark is Everywhere!

December 21, 2018

Muriel Spark is back in the New Yorker.

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EDITORIAL

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...

CHEZ RLS

November 10, 2018

A DEARTH OF JOIE DE VIVRE

November 10, 2018

ANYONE FOR TENNIS?

November 10, 2018

ON THE TRAIL OF TROCCHI

November 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: Jackie Kay

March 21, 2016

Opening one of Jackie Kay’s books is like walking into a busy metropolitan bar that has accommodated within its walls the deep past, character and charm of a country pub. You know you will encounter stories comic and sad, that you will never leave thirsty, and that the mind will feel renewed with...

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,...

Two Rooms of My Own

March 6, 2015

VIRGINIA Woolf said famously that in order to write a woman needs an annual income of £500 (done) and ‘a room of one’s own.’ So there’s no excuse. I’ve got two rooms of my own, stacked on top of each other; half a house, in fact, overhanging the gorge of the Licenza river and the cascading...