About Scottish Review of Books

Scottish Review of Books is a quarterly print magazine distributed in the Saturday edition of The Herald newspaper. Run-on copies are distributed to libraries, bookshops, literary festivals and organisations throughout Scotland. Individual copies are available online and at events, and copies are sold to our cherished supporters on subscription throughout the UK and beyond.

Scottish Review of Books was first published in October 2004. Set up jointly by Alan Taylor and Derek Rodger it was originally run through Argyll Publishing. In 2009 it became a limited company with a board of directors, Scottish Review of Books Limited. The publication aims to provide a regular, recognised, quality platform, in print and online, for the review of books and other elements of Scottish culture.

In years of uncertainty, where platforms for literary criticism and general arts coverage are changing, Scottish Review of Books holds firm to the best of the past while pushing and challenging traditional boundaries to establish a secure and exciting future for critical writing in Scotland.

Scottish Review of Books is committed to increasing access to, appreciation of, and investment in Scottish literature. We employ the services of the country’s leading critics, encourage the transfer of skills, and champion the intelligent long-essay platform. We have recently embraced the opportunity to run Emerging Critics, a series of talks and mentoring opportunities designed with the future very much in mind.


Scottish Review of Books welcomes submissions from critics. If you have a review that you would like to submit please email a brief synopsis and a very brief biography to the editor, Alan Taylor for consideration via our Contact Us page.


The Scottish Review of Books is funded through the support of our cherished subscribers, print and online advertising, the goodwill (and financial support) of its editors and board members, and much appreciated grant assistance from Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland have now confirmed support for 2017 to cover part of the editorial, print, distribution and  online costs. We are very grateful for their continued support.

You can support the publication by becoming a subscriber.