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Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 15, 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 Stewart Smith.

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 14, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December. Today's selection is from Alan Taylor.

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 13, 2018

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

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 12, 2018

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

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 11, 2018

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

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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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A Bridge Too Far

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WHEN rumours leaked out that the Scots were considering setting up a trading colony in Panama, the Prince of Orange, William III, denounced them as ‘raging madmen’. Even the Pope waded into the growing chorus of disapproval, condemning a venture that threatened to undermine the Catholic believers...

The SRB Interview: Richard Ford

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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,...