Morvern Callar: Alan Warner’s debut novel tells the story of the eponymous narrator, who wakes up to find her boyfriend dead in the kitchen in the run-up to Christmas. A film adaptation starring Samantha Morton followed in 2002.
10 of the best: Scottish fiction
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  • September 17, 2014, 18:21

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (1961) Muriel Spark’s best-known novel was first published in the New Yorker magazine. Centred on t(...)

Fan fiction: the band in Joseph O’Connor’s book could only have hit big in the 1980s (like Bauhaus). Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

From Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street to Iain Banks’s Espedair Street, the rock’n’roll novel is a tricky beast. Rock fables tend to favour one of two (...)

1. “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.” George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871) 2. “All happy f(...)

The writer Iain Banks, who has died aged 59, had already prepared his many admirers for his death. On April 3rd he announced on his website that he ha(...)

Author Iain Banks who has died aged 59 after a battle with gall bladder cancer, his family reported. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Author Iain Banks has died aged 59 after a battle with cancer, his family reported today.The Scottish writer revealed in April he was suffering from t(...)

Evie Wyld

Thirty years ago, UK publisher Granta unleashed a state-of-the-literary nation list that attempted what Grand National experts do annually: to cull(...)

‘I am officially very poorly,” wrote Iain Banks, the Scottish author, announcing in a blog-post he has been diagnosed with cancer and has a short t(...)

Author Iain Banks who has revealed he has gall bladder cancer and has just ’several months’ to live. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Author Iain Banks has revealed he has gall bladder cancer and has just “several months” to live. In a personal statement on his offici(...)