Scotland’s Bookshops- Tackle & Books, Tobermory

September 14, 2018
by SRB

The Scottish Review of Books chats to Duncan Swinbanks from Tackle and Books in Tobermory about Tintin, sleepy cats and Scotland's newest book festival.

Review: Transcription by Kate Atkinson

September 13, 2018
by Rachel Walker

Transcription – the latest offering from bestselling author Kate Atkinson – is a work of complete duality. For a novel that is concerned with spies and espionage, with hidden identities and masked lives, this is perhaps not entirely surprising. Spy novels, after all, abound with duality.

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

August 23, 2018
by Nick Major

  Day Three: Sunday 19 August Why do so many readers want novels to be veiled autobiographies? If you want to see someone’s eyes shine with excitement, tell them the novel you’re reading is ‘based on the author’s life’. I do this often, even when it’s not true. Rarely does anyone...

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

August 21, 2018
by Nick Major

  Day Two: Saturday 18 August   Thank heavens for the simple bicycle. Walking from place to place is simply not an option during August in Edinburgh. It’s not only the crowds, it’s the show touts, waving their leaflets in your face. The only free way to avoid them is to jump on the...

The Edinburgh International Book Festival (On a Shoestring)

August 20, 2018
by Nick Major

  Day One: Friday 17 August 2018 As a man of modest means, this year I have set myself the task of spending three moneyless days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I live on a farm twenty miles south of Edinburgh, so transport was the first hurdle to overcome. When I heard there was...


August 11, 2018
by Lesley McDowell

The Poem is a daunting prospect. Some 732 pages long, published in hardback, with a sombre blue cover marked only by a bright orange triangle it both confers and threatens status and importance by its appearance as much as by its sheer weight. Inside there is a preface, then three sections, before finishing...


August 11, 2018
by Joseph Farrell

One of the most keenly awaited items on the Edinburgh International Festival programme is the ‘residency’ of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, where the ‘north’ in question is a banlieue in Paris which has now a high immigrant population. The suburbs colloquially designated banlieue rather...


August 11, 2018
by Peter Ross

One bright morning this summer, in a flower-filled garden in Govan, I sat with a 50 year old man – John – as he gave an eyewitness account of hell. His mother had died. That loss, coming on top of sedimentary layers of pressure and anxiety, some of it to do with money worries, had caused a pit to...


August 11, 2018
by Susan Mansfield

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to see that 1939 was not a good year to launch an art movement. But the members of the New Era Group, photographed by the Evening News in Edinburgh in June of that year, are full of optimism. Pictured holding a painting – an ambitious modern take on the Crucifixion...


August 11, 2018
by Pippa Goldschmidt

Before I travelled to southern Germany earlier this year for a writing residency I was under the happy illusion that I was a half-decent hill walker, but here I am staying in Dilsberg, a tiny village perched on a hill so steep that I repeatedly have to lure myself up with promises of coffee and cake...