Gender (IN)Equality in Scottish Literary Prizes

In news that will shock absolutely no-one, it was revealed yesterday that books written by women and about women are less likely to win major literary prizes. Amongst the findings – compiled by author Nicola Griffith – was the depressing note that “women wrote zero out of 15 [Pulitzer] prize-winning books wholly from the point […]

Treasure Hunt

Calling all Burkes, Marlowes, Bosches and Salanders – we have a treasure hunt to solve! To celebrate the publication of Jane Alexander’s debut novel, we’re taking part in a thrilling book-blog treasure hunt. The prize? Well, aside from the knowledge that you’re the savviest sleuth in town, there are two copies of the book up for grabs, while the […]

Review: Beyond the Rage by Michael J. Malone

Guest reviewer, crime writer DOUGLAS SKELTON, discusses the latest thriller from MICHAEL J. MALONE. All families have secrets. Some are more deadly than others. In Michael J. Malone’s new book Beyond the Rage (Contraband, 2015), we find out more about Kenny O’Neill, the decidedly dodgy best friend of DI Ray McBain in both Blood Tears […]

Bookshop Spotlight: Oswald Street Bookshop

Hey, you. Yes, you. Close that jungle-themed shopping tab and get your boots on. High time you treated yourself to a bricks and mortar bookshop experience! I know this little place… And so, our second Glaswegian Bookshop Spotlight turns to the City Centre and Oswald Street Bookshop, owned by Denis Rixon. This fresh-faced indie bookshop […]

Bookshop Spotlight: Thistle Books Glasgow

Drumroll please… The first entry in our Bookshop Spotlight series is the West End treasure trove that is Thistle Books! Located (hidden) on a small lane just off Otago Street, Thistle Books is owned and run by Robert Dibble and is packed to the rafters with literary delights, an impressive selection of sheet music and […]

Book Group Natter

Like books, wine and a good old natter? Great news: you’ll find all three at our first book group meeting! BOOK: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector DATE: Sunday 7 September TIME: 7pm-8.30pm LOCATION: The Sparkle Horse The Hour of the Star Blurb: Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a […]