Review: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

1869: 17-year-old Roderick ‘Roddy’ Macrae has just brutally murdered three people in the remote Scottish village of Culduie. He stands calmly in the road, covered in their blood, and informs his neighbours of what he has done. There is no question of his guilt. Roddy’s story unfolds amid the competing voices of his own prison memoir, court testimony, newspaper […]

Who you gonna call? A writer’s guide to Scottish Publishers

It’s been said so often that publishers might as well tattoo it across their furrowed foreheads, and yet many writers continue to ignore the golden rule of MS submission: one must always read a publisher’s submission guidelines and follow them to the letter. That a busy publisher will quickly discard a submission which fails to follow basic instructions is not […]

EL James: The backlash and post-backlash backlash

 50 Shades of Grey author EL James took to Twitter today for a tumultuous Q&A that revealed far more about the social media community than it did about her books. The backlash and post-backlash backlash has been a phenomenal thing to behold – if you consider inevitability phenomenal. Anyone who expected the masses to politely step away […]

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 […]