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Interviews – Page 4 – Scottish Review of Books


Tom Devine – The SRB Interview

August 12, 2010

Far from being irrelevant, because of its size, Scotland could become central thanks to a new approach to history, explains Tom Devine. Professor Tom Devine is one of Scotland’s foremost historians. In his two most successful books, The Scottish Nation (1999) and Scotland’s Empire (2003), Devine...

The SRB Interview: William McIlvanney

May 13, 2010

You can’t have a vasectomy and expect to father a new political generation. I found Gordon Brown inviting Margaret Thatcher to Downing Street a stunning gesture. If he hadn’t invited her, it wasn’t as though anyone would have objected or even noticed. It was a gesture of surrender, it was a white...

The SRB Interview: Dan Rhodes

February 18, 2010

DAN RHODES was born in 1972 and grew up in Devon and Kent. Rhodes graduated in Humanities from the University of Glamorgan in 1994, returning to complete a MA in Writing in 1997. He worked in a number of jobs while he switched between writing what would eventually become his first three books. His debut,...

The SRB Interview: Hilary Mantel

November 10, 2009

Hilary Mantel was born in Derbyshire, in 1952, growing up in a mill town, Hadfield, largely populated by Irish textile workers and their descendants. Mantel’s own grandparents were Irish. She was educated first at a local Roman Catholic primary school, later, a convent in Romiley, Cheshire. In...

The SRB Interview: Allan Massie

November 9, 2009

Allan Massie was born in Singapore on 19 October, 1938. He was educated in Scotland at Glenalmond, and later at Trinity College, Cambridge. He spent the Sixties teaching at Drumtochty Castle School, and the first half of the Seventies teaching English language classes in Rome. On returning to Britain,...

The SRB Interview: Ismail Kadare

October 29, 2009

ISMAIL KADARE was born in Gijirokastër, Albania in 1936. He studied history and philology at the University of Tirana and later, once he had declared his intention to write fiction, at the Gorky Institute of World Literature in Moscow. The majority of his adult life and writing career took place during...

The SRB Interview: Candia McWilliam

October 28, 2009

CANDIA MCWILLIAM WAS BORN in Edinburgh in 1955. Her father, Colin McWilliam, was Assistant Secretary for the National Trust for Scotland and editor of The Buildings Of Scotland series. In 1971, she won a Vogue writing competition, going on to work for the magazine between 1976 and 1979 after graduating...

The SRB Interview: Alistair MacLeod

October 28, 2009

ALISTAIR MACLEOD WAS BORN in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the Scottish ancestors, who inform so much of his work, landed centuries before. To finance his further education, MacLeod worked as a logger, miner and fisherman, all jobs he would...

The SRB Interview: William Boyd

October 28, 2009

 “IF SOMEONE ASKS ME what nationality I am, I unhesitatingly say I’m Scottish,” William Boyd recently told Colin Waters for the Scottish Review of Books. The very fact he had to make this explicit speaks volumes about his relationship with Scotland and Scottish literature. The son of expatriates,...


October 28, 2009
by Jennie Renton

Love, loss and language are the themes of Anne MacLeod’s The Blue Moon Book. The story unfolds a cappella in a deft medley of voices and cameos charting a young woman’s year-long struggle towards recovery after a devastating accident. Bereft of memory, Jess is cut off from the past. Bereft of language,...