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Scott-land by Stuart Kelly
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Aug 21, 2010

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** spoiler alert ** His name, image and influence can be seen everywhere; from Scottish banknotes to place names across the globe. Sir Walter Scott invented the modern novel, began Scotland's tourist industry and was the first celebrity author - a heady mix of JK Rowling and Dan Brown long before the age of mass media hype. Lauded by contemporary critics as well as his massive readership in the 19th century, he's hardly read - and even more rarely enjoyed - today.

Stuart Kelly examines the contradictory legacy of Sir Walter Scott; bestselling bankrupt, iconic unknown and the Tory defender of the Union who fought to save Scotland's banking independence. Kelly considers the influential images of his own country created by Scott - the stereotype of the kilted native dwelling within rugged, romantic landscapes - images which haunt Scotland to this day.

Stuart Kelly was born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. He studied English at Oxford and is the Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday.

Reader: Robin Laing
Abridger: Laurence Wareing
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

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08/21/2010 "Stuart Kelly considers Sir Walter Scott's huge influence on his native country."
08/21/2010 "How Sir Walter Scott inspired Queen Victoria and kick-started a tourist industry."
08/21/2010 "Sir Walter Scott brings his creative skills to bear when George IV visits Edinburgh."
08/21/2010 "Sir Walter Scott's critical reputation nosedives after the prolific author's death."

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Bettie☯ Haha - cheers Laura - I tried looking for this on GR but couldn't find it. Now I have it I'll give it a go.


Laura enjoy it!!

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