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was a belated recognition for Sorley Maclean with a teeming 75th birthday party at the Cafe Royal and the publication ofa handsome volume. Sorley Maclean: Critical Essays (Scottish Academic Press £16). Regrettablyit often takes
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anniversaries to remind us ofthe true worth of the writer though that‘s hardly necessary in Stevenson's case. 1986 was a good year for RLS who is not to be allowed to RIP. The centenary of the Strange Case at Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was celebrated when Canongate published an immaculate facsimile. There was a successful Stevenson festival in the
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Stevensonia poured from the presses. Alanna Knight made public some splendid early photographs in RLS in the South Seas (Mainstream £12.95). Polygon published a delightful edition ofMoral Emblems (£5.95). and Andrew Noble edited and introduced his journeys to and in the United States in From the Clyde to California (Aberdeen University Press £14.95). Unlike Alastair Scott who travels for travel‘s sake. Stevenson went west in search of love. Yet both are typical of the itinerant Scot; informative. indomitable. self-deprecating. compassionate and amusing. Just the job ifyou‘re like me and want to be
the Rent Strike demonstration at 1916 as portrayed in T.C. Smout’s A Century of the Scottish People 1830—1950.
Jamieson echoes in his second novel Thin Wealth (Polygon £4.95). based in Shetland between 1973 and 1983. Reminiscent of Under Milk Wood. it relates lyrically the effect ofoil on a traditional close-knit community. Life on the island is seen through the eyes of natives and incomers (whom James Hunter would describe as ‘white settlers‘). some cling limpet-like to the old ways. while the ‘soothmoothers‘ make fast bucks skivvying at Sullum Voe. Thin Wealth is a potent attempt to show how a community deals variously
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This was one of three new novels published by Polygon. the others being Alex (‘athcart‘s grisly story of revenge The Comeback and The Flood by Ian Rankin. whose second novel Knots and Crosses. a thriller set in Edinburgh. is due in the New Year. It was a good year for Scottish fiction with new novels by Allan Massie. Joan Lingard. Iain Banks. Colin Mackay and Stuart Hood.
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