John Burnside

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Iris Murdoch,  novelist, playwright and philosopher. Photograph: Getty

I first read Iris Murdoch’s writing in 1999, shortly after her death and the Penguin reprint of her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea, the Sea (with(...)

Graceland: Elvis is buried in the garden, making the house a pilgrimage for fans of rock’n’roll

There’s a pretty little thing Waiting for the King Down in the Jungle Room It’s 40 years this month since Elvis Presley last entertained pretty littl(...)

Ashland & Vine by John Burnside

A man was shot dead on the street, at Ashland and Vine. Many years later, almost a lifetime later, an old woman, his daughter, recalls the incident to(...)

Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life (Picador)

Big seems to make an impression, and a first glance at this year’s Man Booker shortlist appears to suggest that length did not deter the judges. It ma(...)

 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(...)