Offers a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country in the throes of great and rapid change. This novel includes stories that give insight into Scotland's history in the twentieth century.
James Robertson is the author of The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, And the Land Lay Still, and The Professor of Truth. Hamish Hamilton published his most recent novel, To Be Continued. Joseph Knight won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year, The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, and And the Land Lay Still won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. Robertson is also the author of four short story collections, most recently 365: Stories, five poetry collections and numerous children's books written in English and Scots. He runs the independent publishing house Kettillonia, and he is co-founder and general editor of the Scots language imprint Itchy Coo, which produces books in Scots for children and young adults.
Wonderful, brilliant, panoramic, illuminating. A joy to read -- Irvine Welsh Guardian Gripping, vivid, beautifully realized The Times Powerful and moving. A brilliant and multifaceted saga of Scottish life in the second half of the twentieth century Sunday Times Toweringly ambitious, virtually flawlessly realized, a masterpiece and, without a doubt, my book of the year Daily Mail Big, ambitious, intricately organised ... it's some achievement New Statesman Dizzying ... subtle and profound ... And The Land Lay Still reads like an alternative history of Scotland told by its everyday people instead of its movers and shakers ... eminently readable Independent on Sunday Both epic and domestic, it delivers a wonderful lifelikeness Scotsman A hugely ambitious and compassionate novel ... a jam-packed, dizzying piece of fiction ... already it's being spoken of as the most important novel about Scotland since Lanark Scotland on Sunday