Interviews

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THE SRB INTERVIEW: Kamila Shamsie

August 11, 2018
by Nick Major

Kamila Shamsie was born in Karachi in 1973. She comes from a family of intellectuals. Her mother, Muneeza Shamsie, is a celebrated academic and journalist who has published anthologies on Pakistani writing in the English Language. Her great aunt was the writer Attia Husain, and her grandfather studied...

THE SRB INTERVIEW: John Banville

November 18, 2017

‘The past beats inside me like a second heart,’ says widow and art historian Max Morden in John Banville’s 2005 novel The Sea. He has returned to the seaside village of his childhood, where he first experienced love, in all its gentleness and brutality; re-imagining this personal enclave,...

Podcast

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Emerging Critics Season 2: Opening Seminar

May 13, 2018

A complete recording of the opening seminar of the second season of the Emerging Critics programme is now available. Held at the National Library of Scotland on April 25th, 2018, the seminar saw a group of sixteen new participants and mentors gather for panel discussions on the present and future of...

An SRB Podcast special: Muriel Spark – The Crème de la Crème at the Usher Hall

March 3, 2018

A Scottish Review of Books podcast with live recording of 'Muriel Spark: The Crème de la Crème' at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Editorial

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Editorial

August 11, 2018
by Alan Taylor

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...

VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2 EDITORIAL

June 2, 2018

Twelve or thirteen hours into the flight from Glasgow to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island the will to live starts to evaporate. It had taken seven hours to reach Dubai, through whose labyrinthine airport we marched to our gate as if to an appointment with an amateur dentist. Where were all...

Reviews

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METRE READINGS

August 11, 2018
by Lesley McDowell

WHAT’S UP DOC?

August 11, 2018
by Peter Ross

CANVAS PIONEERS

August 11, 2018
by Susan Mansfield

HUMBOLDT’S GIFT

August 11, 2018
by Brian Morton

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

August 11, 2018
by Rosemary Goring

A LAW UNTO HIMSELF

August 10, 2018
by Harry McGrath