He’s British when he wins and Scottish when he loses, but on the day of the Scottish independence referendum, it appears tennis star Andy Murray is in(...)

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(...)

 JK Rowling: was recently attacked online following a blog posting where she compared extreme nationalists to Death Eaters, supporters of the evil Voldemort in her Harry Potter series. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Scotland’s best known literary icon, the poet Robert Burns, would vote for independence in this week’s referendum, according to Alex Salmond, the nati(...)

The fabulously named Pollyanna McIntosh is back in her hometown for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. We say hometown, but Pollyanna is, in f(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Clockwork Orange, Less Than Zero, Trainspotting, Fight Club: delinquent fiction warrants a bookshelf of its own. Rob Doyle’s debut novel, Here Are t(...)

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One of the great misconceptions in life, applied to literature but not to other art forms, is that reading for the sake of it is a good thing. No s(...)

Heads were duly scratched when, aged 17, Imogen Poots was plucked from relative obscurity to star in 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s bo(...)

Filth
Filth

To say that Filth is the best Irvine Welsh adaptation since Trainspotting is to damn with the faintest imaginable praise. Nobody is likely to confuse (...)

There is a famous, if infamously foulmouthed, rant in Irvine Welsh ’s Trainspotting. Renton bemoans the fact that Scotland “can’t even pick a d(...)

Canny Boy

James McAvoy holds out his left hand and apologises. “I’m really sorry. The other one is a bit busted.” He twists himself around for a lopsided(...)