SRB Extra

The next print edition of Scottish Review of Books will come out in April of this year. In the meantime, we have commissioned a range of pieces for this digital Scottish Review of Books Extra, to keep you going and to whet your appetite.

Notebook: In Scott Country

March 1, 2019
by Alan Taylor

  AS the train from Edinburgh pulls out of Galashiels and inches across the River Tweed on the way to its final stop at Tweedbank the Eildons rise like soufflés in the distance. Consisting of three hills, the highest of which, the banally-named Mid Hill, is just under 1,400 feet, they are the...

Low Level Crime

March 1, 2019
by Rosemary Goring

Rosemary Goring reviews Alexander McCall Smith's new 'Scani blanc' novel, The Department of Sensitive Crimes.

Winter Haiku

March 1, 2019
by Suria Tei

  winter morning the cat’s shadow on the kitchen wall * * * wintry sunshine on my bookshelves words chuckle * * * outside: winter rain inside: my father’s portrait, a dozing cat * * * after last night’s storm my neighbour’s old trampoline slanted, still standing * * * wintry downpour the...

Cult Fiction

March 1, 2019
by Laura M. Morgan

Laura M. Morgan reviews Ewan Morrison's new novel, Nina X.

Tom Leonard – 1944-2018

March 1, 2019
by Alastair Gray

As a tribute to Tom Leonard, who died at the end of last year aged 74, here is a review by Alasdair Gray, which first appeared in Scottish Library Association News in 1984, of the poet’s Intimate Voices: Selected Work 1965-1983.

Comment

March 1, 2019
by Alan Taylor

  Val McDermid is depressed and disappointed. Ian Rankin is disheartened ‘to say the least’. What has upset them both is the threat by Aberdeen Council to close every public library in the city except the central library. If this half-baked plan is given the go ahead, sixteen libraries will...