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Liam McIlvanney wins Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award

September 22, 2018

Writer Liam McIlvanney has won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for the crime book of the year at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling. His book, The Quaker, was described by the judges as the standout winner of this year’s competition. The prize was renamed two years ago in memory of Liam’s...

Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist announced

September 21, 2018

Anna Burns, Milkman (Faber & Faber) Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail) Daisy Johnson, Everything Under (Jonathan Cape) Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape) Richard Powers, The Overstory (William Heinemann) Robin Robertson, The Long Take (Picador) Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy...

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...

Looking for Mma Ramotswe

July 31, 2018
by David Robinson

David Robinson interview with Alexander McCall Smith

Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

July 27, 2018
by Kristian Kerr

The 2018 Man Booker longlist, announced this week, shows the judges themselves daring to take the risks prizes purport to reward. This year’s Booker Dozen is full of works from writers displaying a ‘willingness to take risk with form’, according to philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame...

Scotland’s Bookshops- Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar

July 18, 2018
by SRB

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with Millie McCosh-Thomson, bookseller at Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar.