Blessed, Beastly Place

Douglas Dunn

  • Precipitous City by Trevor Royle
    Mainstream, 210 pp, £6.95, May 1980, ISBN 0 906391 09 1
  • RLS: A Life Study by Jenni Calder
    Hamish Hamilton, 362 pp, £9.95, June 1980, ISBN 0 241 10374 6
  • Gillespie by J. MacDougall Hay
    Canongate, 450 pp, £4.95, November 1979, ISBN 0 903937 79 4
  • Scottish Satirical Verse edited by Edwin Morgan
    Carcanet, 236 pp, £6.95, June 1980, ISBN 0 85635 183 0
  • Collected Poems by Robert Garioch
    Carcanet, 208 pp, £3.95, July 1980, ISBN 0 85635 316 7

Literary travellers, getting off the train at Waverley Station, Edinburgh, must have wondered if there are other cities which can boast a main point of entry, an introductory landmark, named after a novel. Consider the possibilities: Bleak House would suit Liverpool Street; Illusions Perdues would serve for the Gare du Nord; Great Expectations would whet the appetites of Scottish tyros arriving at King’s Cross.

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