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Book review: Going Bush by Kirsty Gunn

The idea that our identity is somehow bound up with the physical landscape of the place we’re from is as old as western civilisation; certainly as old as The Odyssey, which wouldn’t be much of an epic if Odysseus hadn’t had such a burning desire to get home to Ithaca.

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Herman Kock has given his own first name to one of the principal characters. Picture: Russell G Sneddon

Book review: Dear Mr M by Herman Koch

Herman Koch’s intriguing set-up of an author who plunders the lives of others for his novels, fails to deliver on its promise

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Book review: The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

Helen Sedgwick’s debut novel reaches for the stars but eventually comes crashing to earth, writes Stuart Kelly

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The Write Stuff: Going Bush by Kirsty Gunn

Welcome to our regular feature showcasing the talents of the nation’s best writers.

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Book review: Beast by Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth has produced a memorable portrait of a mind on the brink, writes Roger Cox

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Mark Haddon attends the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival: Short stories with a hundred beginnings

Novelist Mark Haddon spoke honestly and insightfully about the writing process at the Book Festival on Tuesday in an event presenting his new collection of short stories, The Pier Falls.

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James Kelman, the influential Scottish writer of novels, short stories, plays, and political essays, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Book Festival round-up

The events of Monday’s Book Festival

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WIN tickets to see Chris Brookmyre & Stuart Neville at Bloody Scotland 2016

WIN tickets to see Chris Brookmyre & Stuart Neville at Bloody Scotland 2016

To mark the 5th anniversary of Bloody Scotland - Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival which takes place in Stirling from 9-11 September scotsman.com will feature weekly ticket prizes to see some of the biggest names in crime writing who will be appearing at the festival.

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Book Festival leaves audience in tears

One should never claim to be so grizzled and cynical that the emotive force of a book cannot reach out and firmly tug the heartstrings, writes David Robinson

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Val McDermid, for whom the books just keep coming, will speak at the Book Festival tonight.

Interview: Val McDermid is excited for her future novels

Scotland’s most revered crime writer, Val McDermid, publishes her 30th novel this week – but she has no intention of stopping there, finds Susan Mansfield.

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Morley eschews sources or supporting quotes in favour of an impressionistic style. Picture: Robert Perry

Book review: Age of Bowie by Paul Morley

Morley eschews sources or supporting quotes in favour of an impressionistic style

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Author Judith Kerr returns to Nazi Germany in her second novel

With her illustrated children’s classics as popular as ever, Judith Kerr tells Chitra Ramaswamy what made her return to her childhood in Nazi Germany for a second novel

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Book review: The Question of Scotland by Tam Dalyell

The veteran former Labour MP and passionate opponent of devolution argues that attempts by his party to appease the SNP have put the country on the brink of a constitutional crisis

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Book review: To Be Continued... by James Robertson

Robertson takes a serious subject on a surreal journey, writes Jane Bradley

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The Write Stuff: The Nature of Autumn by Jim Crumley

Welcome to our regular feature showcasing the talents of the nation’s best writers.

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Nicola Sturgeon turns the spotlight on Jackie Kay

Nicola Sturgeon turns the spotlight on Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay and Nicola Sturgeon reminisced about the day the First Minister phoned to tell the writer she was to be made Makar.

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Chevalier looks to the West for inspiration at the Book Festival

Ian Rankin says he doesn’t plan out his book plots, saying ‘it’s fun not to know the end of the story’

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Poetry takes centre stage at the International Book Festival

Laureate met Makar yesterday afternoon at the Book Festival, when Jackie Kay and Carol Ann Duffy shared an Edinburgh stage for the first time.

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Ian Rankin admits his recent books could be the swansong for John Rebus, his out of date Edinburgh detective. Picture: Toby Williams

Author Ian Rankin admits Rebus may be killed off

Ian Rankin has admitted he may have to finally kill off the grizzled detective John Rebus because he is now too old and modern-day policing has moved on so much.

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The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Musical as performed at the Rosebank Theatre. Picture: Contributed

Alexander McCall Smith becomes theatre impresario in Cape Town

He is one of Scotland’s most successful living writers, having published more than 100 books and sold more than 40 million novels around the world.

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