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Rusticated…

October 5, 2018

We might as well be wearing togas, and the long bar of the Dalbuie might as well be the Forum. Ernie and I pace solemnly, speaking Latin. We’re not discussing the relationship between esse and existere, nor (switching ancient tongues) the fine line between homoiousian and homoousian. The question...

Liam McIlvanney wins Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award

September 22, 2018

Writer Liam McIlvanney has won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for the crime book of the year at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling. His book, The Quaker, was described by the judges as the standout winner of this year’s competition. The prize was renamed two years ago in memory of Liam’s...

Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist announced

September 21, 2018

Anna Burns, Milkman (Faber & Faber) Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail) Daisy...

Scotland’s Bookshops- Tackle & Books, Tobermory

September 14, 2018

The Scottish Review of Books chats to Duncan Swinbanks from Tackle and Books in Tobermory about...

Review: Transcription by Kate Atkinson

September 13, 2018

Transcription – the latest offering from bestselling author Kate Atkinson – is a work of...

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August 11, 2018

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the last reading Charles Dickens gave in Edinburgh. On 26 February, 1869, the most fêted English writer of his generation appeared at the music hall in George Street. It was a homecoming of sorts. Dickens was no stranger to the Scottish capital; it was where...

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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...

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,...

Welsh Rarebit

October 26, 2009

No, I hadn’t read Irvine Welsh either. His books seemed easy to resist. The hype. The style-accessory business. The yoof market (even if the author wasn’t young). I recall a press story about the Grampian police deploring the effects of Trainspotting, the film, its glorification of drugs. You...

Oor Willie

March 21, 2016

WILLIAM McIlvanney chose ‘Growing Up in the West’ as the title of his contribution to Karl Miller’s 1970 collection of essays, Memoirs of a Modern Scotland. ‘It is perhaps not too fanciful to suppose,’ he writes, ‘that special contour lines of experience invisibly demarcate certain regions...