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Stuart Kelly

Stuart Kelly, literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, is the author of The Book of Lost Books and Scott-Land: How an Author Invented a Nation.

Liam McIlvanney’s Novel

Stuart Kelly, 3 December 2009

Sectarianism seldom plays any part in Scottish writing. One of the few exceptions – and the most pertinent to Liam McIlvanney’s novel – comes in Ian Rankin’s Mortal Causes (1994), the sixth in his bestselling Rebus series, whose plot hinges on the victim’s association with extreme Protestant groups. Mortal Causes was written in the run-up to the IRA ceasefire and...

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