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James Robertson

James Robertson is a poet, editor and writer of fiction. He has published seven novels, including The Fanatic (2000), Joseph Knight (2003, recipient of both the Saltire Society and Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year awards), The Testament of Gideon Mack (2006, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and And the Land Lay Still (2010, Saltire Book of the Year). He is also the author of four short story collections, most recently 365: Stories which was the basis for a live show and on-line collaboration with folk fiddle player and composer Aidan O’Rourke). James Robertson is also co-founder and general editor of the Itchy Coo imprint, which produces books in Scots for young readers.

Books by James Robertson

Interviews with James Robertson

Landmarks of Scottish Literature, recommended by James Robertson

Scottish culture is best understood as related to, but distinct from, that of Britain or England, says the acclaimed novelist James Robertson. Here, he selects five landmark works of Scottish literature, from Sir Walter Scott’s sweeping, panoramic social novels of the 18th century, through Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, to Nan Shepherd’s beloved nature writing.

Interviews where books by James Robertson were recommended

The Best Historical Fiction: The 2022 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist, recommended by Elizabeth Laird

Every year, the Walter Scott Prize highlights the best new historical novels. In 2022, the shortlist comprises four fantastic works of historical fiction that immerse the reader in the past—from 16th-century Scotland to 1920s Trinidad—while confronting universal human dramas we still struggle with today. Elizabeth Laird, one of the judges, talks us through their choices this year.

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