Books and authors to see this summer
This Issue presents a selection of books and authors to see at various summer festivals in Scotland and elsewhere. Featuring something for everyone - crime writing, family drama, thrillers, travel writing, Shakespeare, new books for children and young adults, and more - all you need to do is read on with your diary to hand, and hope that the sun shines...
Extract from His Bloody Project By Graeme Macrae Burnet Published by Saraband Books
Statements gathered from various residents of Culduie and the surrounding area by Officer William MacLeod of Wester Ross police force, Dingwall, on the 12th and 13th of August 1869
Statement of Mrs Carmina Murchison [Carmina Smoke], resident of Culduie, 12th August 1869
I have known Roderick Macrae since he was an infant. I generally found him to be a pleasant child and later to be a courteous and obliging young man. I believe he was greatly affected by the death of his mother, who was a charming and gregarious woman. While I do not wish to speak ill of his father, John Macrae is a disagreeable person, who treated Roddy with a degree of severity I do not believe any child deserves.
On the morning of the dreadful incident, I spoke to Roddy as he passed our house. I cannot recall the precise content of our conversation, but I believe he told me that he was on his way to carry out some work on land belonging to Lachlan Mackenzie. He was carrying some tools, which I took to be for this purpose. In addition, we exchanged some remarks about the weather, it being a fine and sunny morning. Roderick appeared quite composed and betrayed no sign of fretfulness. Somet...
David Robinson Writes: On Chris Dolan’s Crime Writing
‘The first thing you should know about Dolan is that he understands how crime fiction works’
Crime writing, a phenomenally successful practitioner of the genre once told me, is a piece of cake: “You start off with a body, the coroner tells you how it died and that gives you a few suspects, and before you know where you are, you’ve done 40 pages and you’re up and running.”
A quote like that should really be printed in ironics – the backward-slanting italic typeface that both HL Mencken and Tom Driberg suggested ought to be used t...
‘Yes, I hear voices, all the time, and I love it’
‘The Wages of Sin began as my love letter to Edinburgh, long before I thought I’d live here again’
‘Benny was different. Benny was special. Benny was a robot’
The world through the prism of Shakespeare’s universal drama
‘Clearly Brechin was satisfied that the slap comprised the necessary wicked intent. It was time for a change of tack.’
‘Chuala e mac talla a’ ghuth aige bho ballachan na seann mhuilne’
‘A long story that involves precisely one cat and one tin of tartan paint’
‘Book festivals are my thing, you see?’
“There she was in the distance – a big wooden ship, just like the ones pirates have. And Johnny Depp.”
‘This is the tale of a town far away / Where a curious story unfolded one day’
Catherine Simpson gives insight into writing Truestory’s incisive portrayal of autism
‘Puffs of air hang like clouds in front of her face. Out on the street, the sounds of sirens disappear into the distance’
Sue Reid Sexton takes us behind-the-scenes on a trip to the Midi-Pyrenees via her trusty campervan Vanessa Hotplate