Van Morrison Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***On stage is the sort of lineup that an ambitious arts-festival curator with money to burn might dream up. Ian (...)

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(...)

Customarily laconic: Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Recently retired, the former Inspector Rebus returns to the ranks of the Edinburgh police in Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, €20.50), (...)

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Weekend in... Edinburgh

Tourists descend on Edinburgh every August for the Edinburgh International Festival, a citywide celebration of theatre, music, opera and dance perf(...)

Crime writer Ian Rankin has written a novella inspired by the music of guitarist Rory Gallagher. The book is being published as part of a compilation (...)

Evil intent: a common thread in crimewriting is the question, ‘What makes a person want to commit murder?’. Photograph: Istockphoto

If you’re a regular consumer of crime fiction you can’t help but notice that among the murders, mysteries and mayhem lurks a small but signific(...)