Many Scottish adults will remember singing as children, or indeed being sung to by their parents and grandparents, songs such as Coulter’s Candy, Dance Tae Your Daddy, Katie Bairdie and Wee Wullie Winkie – but when was the last time you saw them appear in a book? Read More
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Convinced that 'language and death converge with particular power in poets', two award-winning versifiers traverse the globe looking up the places where other poets died.
Book Review: Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories Of Life And Death On The Operating Table by Professor Stephen Westaby
Fragile Lives is the latest addition to the burgeoning sub-genre of doctor-authored memoirs (consultants' confessions?) epitomised by neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's wondrous and strange Do No Harm.
An air of mystery weaves through The Keeper Of Lost Things, but this is certainly not another of the crime thrillers that have so dominated women's fiction in recent years.
Described as The Grand Budapest Hotel meets War And Peace, A Gentleman In Moscow is quite a novel to behold.
Boyne's latest foray into the story of Ireland is much funnier but no less hard-hitting in its social backdrop than his previous novels, including A History Of Loneliness.
Many Scottish adults will remember singing as children, or indeed being sung to by their parents and grandparents, songs such as Coulter’s Candy, Dance Tae Your Daddy, Katie Bairdie and Wee Wullie Winkie – but when was the last time you saw them appear in a book?
Acclaimed author Ann Cleeves will headline a north-east village's book festival next month.
The Divergent series, which Veronica Roth started at university and which went on to become a major Hollywood blockbuster, was sprawling and silly at times.
Within the first 10 pages, we've gone from Hannibal Lecter to tadpoles, and the pace doesn't let up as Schutt starts in his own discipline of zoology, showing how ubiquitous cannibalism is among animals.
Paris For One & Other Stories is a collection of narratives by Jojo Moyes, whose romantic novel Me Before You was given the Hollywood treatment last year.
The End Of Eddy is Edouard Louis' semi-autobiographical account of his childhood and adolescence in a village in rural France, where the residents are incarcerated by a life lived below the poverty line.
Kathleen Collins, activist, playwright and film-maker, was a pioneering black woman deeply involved in the American Civil Rights Movement, yet whose work seemed destined to fade into obscurity following her death, aged just 46, in 1988.
Book Review: The Glass Universe: The Hidden History Of The Women Who Took The Measure Of The Stars by Dava Sobel
Sobel's Longitude went past being a mere bestseller into craze territory, creating a whole crossover market for scientific biography.
What's so frustrating about Hold Back The Stars is that the ideas driving it are interesting, absorbing - original even - and yet, the prose doesn't remotely do them justice.
Did The Girl On The Train have you hooked? Still talking about Gone Girl?
Following the age-old fascination of parallel lives, most popularly summed up by Frost's The Road Not Taken and its ubiquitous opening lines, "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood/ And sorry I could not travel both...", in his first novel for seven years, Paul Auster takes on the ambitious challenge of his main character, Archie Ferguson, travelling not just two roads, but four.
This book is a delightful introduction to the writing of Tessa Hadley.
Even the twists have twists in this edge-of-the-seat thriller, the first written in English by Transylvania-born former journalist E.O. Chirovici.
The evacuation of St Kilda in 1930 is well known and documented, but equally poignant was the drift away of the people from the southern Barra Islands of Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay 20 years previously.
Baileys is to stop its sponsorship of the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction.
Renowned crime writer Ian Rankin has admitted he would make a pretty "terrible" detective in real life.
The most intriguing book dedications sometimes offer hints about the support other people have given the writer.
The start of a year sees promises made, goals refocused and, for many, a renewed effort to change their body.
Filmmakers Carrie and Meadow are lifelong friends - despite making very different films and living very different lives.
Sirens by Joseph Knox is published in hardback by Doubleday, priced £12.99 (ebook £7.99). Available January 12
In the grounds of a Buckinghamshire school, the remains of two teenage girls have been discovered, many years after both their unsolved disappearances and, at the time, crimes that were seemingly unconnected.
Although its origins date back over 1,500 years, Islam is amongst the fastest growing religions in the world today.
Moray readers have maintained a fascination for the macabre, with a grisly thriller by a north-east crime novelist emerging as the region's most popular library book for the second consecutive year.
Book Review: The Disappearance Of Emile Zola: Love, Literature And The Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen
In July 1898, novelist Emile Zola crossed the Channel from Paris to London, at the height of the controversy surrounding the Dreyfus case.
Four writers from the Highlands and islands have received prestigious awards for new talent.
Miss Treadway & The Field Of Stars takes the format of a classic detective novel.
It's comforting to think women accused of murder are tried on evidence, rather than looks or sexual behaviour.