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James Robertson

UK flag (b.1958)

James Robertson is the author of the novel The Fanatic, as well as two collections of short stories, Close and The Ragged Man's Complaint, several collections of poetry, and a book of Scottish ghost stories. He lives in Fife.

Genres: General Fiction, Mystery, Literary Fiction
   The Fanatic (2000)
   Joseph Knight (2003)
   The Testament of Gideon Mack (2006)
   And the Land Lay Still (2010)
   The Professor of Truth (2013)
   To Be Continued... (2016)
   News of the Dead (2021)
   Close (1991)
   The Ragged Man's Complaint (1993)
   Sound-Shadow (poems) (1995)
   I Dream of Alfred Hitchcock (poems) (1999)
   Stirling Sonnets (poems) (2001)
   Crimespotting (2009) (with others)
   365 (2014)
   The Buke of the Howlat (poems) (2016) (with Kate Leiper)
   King o the Midden (poems) (2022) (with Matthew Fitt)
Anthologies edited
Picture Books show
Non fiction show
James Robertson recommends
Music in the Dark (2023)
Sally Magnusson
"An engrossing, beautifully written novel about the Highland Clearances and the long-term physical, emotional and psychological damage done to those who were forced from their homes and homeland. Like all good historical fiction, it both illuminates the past and speaks eloquently to the present."
Bird Summons (2019)
Leila Aboulela
"BIRD SUMMONS is a heady blend of social realism, magic, Middle Eastern folktale and Celtic myth. Above all it is the story of three women on a journey not only to the Highlands but also into themselves, as they confront their hopes, fears and deepest secrets. Leila Aboulela's is a unique and refreshing voice in contemporary Scottish fiction."

Anthologies containing stories by James Robertson
Why Willows Weep (2011)
Contemporary Tales from the Woods
edited by
Tracy Chevalier and Simon Prosser

Saltire Literary Awards Best Book winner (2003) : Joseph Knight
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Testament of Gideon Mack
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2007) : The Testament of Gideon Mack
Saltire Literary Awards Best Book winner (2010) : And the Land Lay Still
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Book nominee (2017) : To Be Continued...

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