Allan Massie

The Master of Historical Fiction

Allan Massie salutes Sir Walter Scott, master of historical fiction and author of among others, Rob Roy and Waverley

Nancy Sladek

The editor of the Literary Review deserves praises for giving its writers a free hand — as long as they do not succumb to puffery and hype

Deadly Possibilities

Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell by Javier Marias

A Roman Tragedy

Lustrum by Robert Harris

Of Human Frailty

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings

For the Sake of Auld Lang Syne?

Scottish devolution is now a fact of life. But the Union is still in Scotland’s interests, despite the rise of nationalism

France Finally Forgets Vichy

The humiliation of 1940 has cast a baleful shadow over France's postwar history. Can Nicolas Sarkozy, the first president too young to be tainted by it, usher in a new era?

Pulling Punches

Boxing, A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy

Tartan Tales

The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History by Hugh Trevor-Roper

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"