Now Posting on Vulpes Libris: Nan Shepherd’s The Quarry Wood

I posted a review of Nan Shepherd's 1928 novel The Quarry Wood over at Vulpes Libris today. Liked the novel very much, the first in a trilogy of north-east Scottish farming novels that I should have read decades ago, reprinted by Canongate as a collected works called The Grampian Quartet (there's a non-fiction memoir of … Continue reading Now Posting on Vulpes Libris: Nan Shepherd’s The Quarry Wood

Whose book is this anyway? Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880-1930

The cover says its mine, which is good, because I’ve been working on it since 2011. Christoph Ehland, Christoph Singer, Conny Wachter and I ran a conference in 2011 called The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism, Middlebrow Writing 1880-1930s at the Institute of English Studies in London. That conference spawned two books of … Continue reading Whose book is this anyway? Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880-1930

The wild romantic haybags of Sarah Maine’s Bhalla Strand

A lot of people must go home from a summer holiday on the Scottish islands thinking, ‘I must write a novel about the Hebrides’. It’s a cliché, and a tempting marketing opportunity. I can imagine that publishers might brush aside their doubts about publishing a rather average novel if it’s set on Skye or Mull or wherever, … Continue reading The wild romantic haybags of Sarah Maine’s Bhalla Strand