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Book of the Month: Amphibian by Christina Neuwirth

November 17, 2018

  On a summer’s day Rose Ellis arrives at the job she doesn’t-much-love but doesn’t-hate-enough-to-leave to find that her entire floor will be subjected to an ‘AquaProductivity’ experiment. Stagnating sales at Edinburgh’s MoneyTownCashGrowth are, quite literally, putting her team under...

Highland Book Prize Longlist Announced

November 9, 2018

  The longlist for the Highland Book Prize, announced today, features an expanding range of books in the prize’s second year. The proportion of fiction on the list of fourteen titles has increased in 2018 with Gaelic and crime fiction featuring for the first time. Donnchadh MacGillIosa is...

Kenneth Roy, 26 March 1945 – 5 November 2018

November 8, 2018

There was widespread shock and sadness in Scotland at the revelation, in a typically graceful...

Rusticated… (II)

November 2, 2018

  A teaching colleague asks what I’ve been up to during the mid-semester break, and...

Kassabova, Al Rawi win International Prizes

November 1, 2018

  Two international awards were announced this week: Kapka Kassabova has won the British...

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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...

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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...

Beebus Scotticus

November 12, 2011

The Scottish playwright James Bridie, who makes an incidental appearance in this book, unconvincingly dressed as a woman, was often accused of being incapable of writing a third act. For two-thirds of the evening he would beguile and provoke the audience. Then he would lose interest in his characters...

An Orcadian’s Conversion

August 12, 2011

Why did George Mackay Brown become a Catholic? Religious conversion has always been a thorny theological issue. Christians have reached many different conclusions about how it should be secured: is coercion legitimate or is freely-given faith the only kind that counts? And then there’s sincerity:...

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...