Allan Massie

Allan Massie is a novelist living in Edinburgh. The Last Peacock came out in August.

A History

Allan Massie, 19 February 1981

James Kennaway’s last book, the novella Silence, begins like this:

Cookson County

Rosalind Mitchison, 27 June 1991

A lot of novelists write historical novels. A lot of people read them. Notably, more Scots read historical novels set in Scotland than read the history of Scotland. The question for the historian...

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Bad Nights

D.A.N. Jones, 23 October 1986

When Heinrich Böll died, last year, we had come to respect him as a Roman Catholic pacifist, a Nobel Prizeman speaking measured words to young idealists. We may have forgotten the work of...

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MacDiarmid’s Sticks

C.H. Sisson, 5 April 1984

Was Hugh MacDiarmid a great poet? Was he, as John MacQueen asserts in his Foreword to Catherine Kerrigan’s study, one of ‘the three greatest poets to use English in the 20th...

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Alan Hollinghurst, 19 November 1981

Michel Tournier’s Gemini was published in France six years ago under the title of Les Météores, but it arrives in this country, in Anne Carter’s convincing and sometimes...

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Walking backward

Robert Taubman, 21 August 1980

Not long after Ezra Pound, the precocious Djuna Barnes arrived in Paris already equipped with a style derived from the Jacobean dramatists and French post-symbolist poets, and so with as good a...

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