Genial and witty, Stuart MacBride does not initially strike me as the type of man who would make his living writing about grisly murders, the stench of post-mortems, rotting bodies and smoked corpses. Read More
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Genial and witty, Stuart MacBride does not initially strike me as the type of man who would make his living writing about grisly murders, the stench of post-mortems, rotting bodies and smoked corpses.
Sam Miller, a journalist and author, is the son of Karl Miller, the much-admired literary editor and grand man of letters.
One of Scotland's top authors has revealed how a trip to Moray influenced the plot of his new book.
Professor Charles Spence once won the Ig Nobel prize for his work on the crunch sound crisps make and how this gives clues about how stale they are.
If you are a sighted person and wonder what it might be like to lose the visual world, the gripping Notes On Blindness will challenge your preconceptions about the condition and leave you reeling at the complexities of a life deprived of sight.
The theft of a £1.2million Stradivarius violin from Pret a Manger at Euston Station threw its owner, Korean-born child prodigy and violin genius Min Kym, into the spotlight in 2010.
That a woman's life is bound to include having children goes without saying - except that people say it all the time.
It's 1502 and Niccolo Machiavelli is called to one of the most exciting diplomatic tasks of his career.
With her vivid prose, Helen Dunmore is a writer who can make herself at home in any era.
Linguistics professor Thomas Saunders is on his way home to try and see his mum on her deathbed.
If the sun comes out for more than a few hours, that’s enough to convince many a Scot to drag out the barbecue and dine al fresco.
Writing under the pseudonym Samer, this 24-year-old Syrian from Raqqa has documented life under the occupation of Daesh in all of its devastating detail, risking death to smuggle his notes to the outside world.
In the era of the Trump presidency in the US and with right-wing parties on the rise across Europe, the politics of fear and division have become increasingly prevalent.
Hot on the heels of thrillers like Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train and Lie With Me, is another domestic thriller with unreliable narrators.
Football might be our national sport, but relatively few books are dedicated to the beautiful game.
JK Rowling has urged budding writers to keep going even if they fear nobody will ever read their work, saying she wished she had been given that advice when she was writing the Harry Potter books.
The story of immigrants fleeing their motherlands for the wealthier West is a pertinent one for our times.
Britain’s northernmost and longest rural line, at 168 miles, the Far North Line connects Inverness and Caithness via some of the remotest communities to be served by any British railway.
Book Review: Irresistable: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking And Watching by Adam Alter
Adam Alter's book opens with a chilling observation: Silicon Valley's tech elite are super-strict about limiting their family's screen time.
A north-east literary magazine has announced its return, complete with cover artwork by a globally-renowned artist.
Kate Garraway has always been one of my favourite breakfast TV presenters; she's smart, down-to-earth and great fun.
It is 1645, the English Civil War is raging, and Alice, recently widowed, returns from London to her Essex home to take up residence in her brother's inn.
In Yoko Tawada's British debut, the Berlin-based Japanese novelist has taken inspiration from the story of Knut, a bear who became an international sensation.
The author of The Gruffalo has added her voice to a national campaign championing Scotland's library services in a bid to protect them from further cuts.
Ayobami Adebayo's sensitive, exposing first novel is about the lies and false hopes we tell ourselves to stay sane, and the cataclysmic impact the decisions we make can have on the people we love.
Booker-prize winning author Arundhati Roy said knew she would be a writer from a very young age because she understood her mother's personal anguish when she was just three years old.
A biography describing the ordeal of a Holocaust survivor has become a German best-selling biography within a week of its release.
Short-story maestro George Saunders combines the real with the surreal in his long-form debut to bring us a joyous, comically macabre exploration of love, death and loss.
Jack Cheng's compelling debut is a clever twist on our current fascination with setting 'stuff' in space.
It's frustrating that, in tackling the Calais jungle, a world that, until October last year, teemed with all the pain, despair, hope and opportunity a captivating story would need, Pooja Puri's The Jungle fails to wallop you.
Much of the world's population has seen dramatic positive change over the past few centuries; our diseases get treated and many of us have enough to live comfortable lives.
Mohsin Hamid's fourth novel - he is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize - opens promisingly with the meeting of Nadia and Saeed, two slightly oddball 20-somethings, in a nameless city that is sliding toward civil war.