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James Robertson (born 1958) is a Scottish writer who grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. He is the author of several short story and poetry collections, and has published four novels: The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, and And the Land Lay Still. Joseph Knight was named both the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year and the Saltire Society Book of the Year in 2003/04. The Testament of Gideon Mack was long-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. And the Land Lay Still was awarded the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award in 2010. Robertson has also established an independent publishing imprint called Kettillonia, which produces occasional pamphlets and books of poetry and short prose, and he is a co-founder and ...more

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The Testament of Gideon Mack

3.79 avg rating — 3,476 ratings — published 2006 — 18 editions
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And the Land Lay Still

4.19 avg rating — 587 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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The Professor of Truth

3.63 avg rating — 400 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
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The Fanatic

3.62 avg rating — 271 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Joseph Knight

4.09 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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To Be Continued

3.86 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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Scottish Ghost Stories

3.14 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
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365: Stories

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Republics of the Mind

3.84 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Forgive by Jenni Daiches
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Jenni Daiches's second novel is a quiet but powerful portrait of Ruth, a woman of middle age, and her relationships - with her ex-husband, her now dead parents, her siblings and her children, and perhaps most of all with the various lodgers with whom ...more
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Sheep and Goats by Lewis  Gordon
Sheep and Goats
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Excellent wee debut novel about the angst and agony of being a teenager. Lewis Gordon captures it all in stripped down, no waste language, as his main character, Nicky, negotiates his way through that terrible time of hormones, bullying boys, disdain ...more
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Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
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Waugh was undoubtedly witty, often cruelly so, and there are some very funny moments in this his first novel, but the satire has worn a little thin in the intervening 85 years.
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Traitor's Purse by Margery Allingham
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Wonderful opening and premise for this thriller: a man wakes up in hospital with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there, then overhears that he may have killed a policeman. He also has a strong sense that there is something vital he must do to ...more
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Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham
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This is the best Margery Allingham I've read so far. It is strange, gripping, beautifully written, and above all humane. Is it genre fiction? Perhaps, but it is also so much more than just a crime novel. Great characterisation, sharp observation and ...more
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The Tailor of Inverness by Matthew Zajac
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Matthew Zajac, a playwright and actor, first told the story of his father's amazing life in an award-winning play, The Tailor of Inverness, which has toured the world since its original performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009. Now he has written ...more
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The Silver Bough by Neil M. Gunn
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Neil Gunn was an excellent and prolific 20th century Scottish writer, who wrote historical and contemporary novels almost all of which are set in the Highlands. This one, from 1948, is a late novel about a middle-aged archaeologist who arrives in a H ...more
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One on One by Craig  Brown
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I didn't think that the notion of linked encounters between famous individuals would hold my attention and interest for long, but about 50 pages in I found I was completely hooked, and read rapidly and keenly to the end. A dazzling and at times very ...more
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The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
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Another classic crime novel from the Fifties (published in 1951, a year before Allingham's The Tiger in the Smoke. This is different, though, in that it is really an exploration of the mystery of the 'princes in the Tower', who according to legend an ...more
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“There is something hugely civilised about allowing long pauses in a conversation. Very few people can stand that kind of silence.”
James Robertson, And the Land Lay Still

“I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper.”
James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack

“[M]ost people go through life a wee bit disappointed in themselves. I think we all keep a memory of a moment when we missed someone or something, when we could have gone down another path, a happier or better or just a different path. Just because they're in the past doesn't mean you can't treasure the possibilities ... maybe we put down a marker for another time. And now's the time. Now we can do whatever we want to do.”
James Robertson, And the Land Lay Still

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