The Right Woman for the Job? Muriel Spark’s ‘The Only Problem’

The Muriel Spark Centenary in 2018 (#murielspark100) affords an opportunity to look back on Spark’s achievements, and forward to ways of making those achievements more widely known – to reflect and to resituate. Arguably the most important Scottish writer after Burns, Scott, and Stevenson, Spark remains relatively neglected, the sheer diversity of her oeuvre appreciated […]

‘Pack Men’ by Alan Bissett

Men hunt in packs. Writers rarely do. They stand out from the crowd to get a better view. Alan Bissett is a case in point, an author who casts a cool eye over the frantic behaviour of young men from his own background. I first came across Bissett’s work when I reviewed Adrian Searle’s collection, The […]

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