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Photographs from Muriel at the Usher Hall

February 13, 2018

New photographs have been made available from the Usher Hall Centenary celebration for Muriel Spark, January 2018.  With thanks to Alan McCredie, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Emerging Critics is Back!

February 12, 2018

‘I would recommend this programme… it is incredibly supportive and interesting with a varied curriculum, interesting recommended reading, and full of great networking opportunities’ – Participating Mentee, 2016/17 Following the success of the first Emerging Critics programme, we are back! This...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: Kapka Kassabova

February 10, 2018

Earlier this month, Kapka Kassabova won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award for...

Scotland’s Bookshops – Topping Books, St Andrews

February 5, 2018

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with a bookseller—Duncan Furness, Topping &...

Kapka Kassabova wins Stanford Dolman Award for Travel Book of the Year

February 2, 2018

Kapka Kassabova has won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year for her latest book, Border:...

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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...

Doctors of Philosophy

February 10, 2018

Madame Scotia

February 10, 2018

For Those In Peril

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: Richard Ford

October 21, 2009

Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on February 16, 1944. He was an only child, the son of a travelling salesman who died from a heart attack when Ford was sixteen. Despite suffering a mild form of dyslexia, he went on to study at Michigan State University, where he met Kristina Hensley,...

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...

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...