The English Spy and Other Factions

The English Spy is one of a quartet of novels focussing on critical turning points in Scottish history, as a way of reflecting on continuing political and cultural change in the present. The English Spy (2007) was the first written and published, but the historical sequence is: Ballad of the Five Marys (2013), The English Spy, Flora McIvor and Between Ourselves (2009); focussing respectively on […]

Scottish Studies Profile: Dr Donald Smith – Between a Scot and a Story

From as early as I can remember, I was aware of social and cultural differences and their linguistic expression. This is probably because my own origins and upbringing were a little complex. Within the first ten years of life I lived in Church of Scotland manses in Edinburgh (Morningside), Glasgow (Partick) and Stirling (Bridge of […]

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