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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 Johnson, Everything Under (Jonathan Cape) Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape) Richard Powers, The Overstory (William Heinemann) Robin Robertson, The Long Take (Picador) Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, 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...

The Edinburgh International Book Festival (On a Shoestring): Part III

August 23, 2018

  Day Three: Sunday 19 August Why do so many readers want novels to be veiled autobiographies?...

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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

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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...

Volume 2 – Issue 4 – New Poems – Liz Lochhead

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Twenty One Year Old On our first night at Jura Lodge you say: ‘here’s a bottle of the Twenty One Year Old, hey Lizzie, let’s taste…’ and we toast – once we’ve managed to track two nip glasses down – ‘oh there they are,Tom – of course, my deah, on the decanter tray, mayhap, in the...

In Cold Blood

August 14, 2015

ODD, isn’t it, how friendships form? Take Duane West and me. We live on different continents, have only spent six hours in each other’s company eight years ago, and might never meet again. Yet every month or so we exchange emails. He’ll tell me about life in Garden City, Kansas, and I keep him...

The James Trilogy

September 15, 2014

THE cry ‘Whaur’s yer Wullie Shakespeare noo?’ first uttered at the 1756 premiere of John Home’s play, Douglas, has echoed down the years in the legends associated with Scottish theatre. It is not sober to reissue it now, not even after watching Rona Munro’s magnificent trilogy, and not only...