Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain

In the 19th century there was a growing awareness and scientific interest in the human mind. These first steps into what later would be called ‘psychology’ also changed the way people – judges, politicians and the general public – viewed criminal cases involving madness. This is what David J. Vaughan’s book Mad […]


The Wander Society

Do you ever get the feeling that there should be more to life? That what’s expected of you is in no way connected with who you are? That our connectivity – as we increasingly relate to each other’s lives through television, social media and video chat – tends to leave […]


Why The Dutch Are Different

Any tourist who has spent any time at all in Amsterdam, perusing one of the mandatory souvenir shops, will undoubtedly have stumbled upon many a T-shirt with the tagline “And as finishing touch, God created the Dutch.” I’ve always been undecided on whether this statement should be taken as delightfully […]



Ever heard that story about that one family who saw themselves rudely robbed of their joy and hopes for the continuation of their noble line after a single accident that made global headlines? The kind of story that would be related to you through the eyes of the family and […]


The Book of Legendary Lands

Magical journeys through strange and bewildering lands beyond the sight of the modern world of reason and reality have always held a strong fascination for me; one that science has never been able to fully replace. So when I noticed this hefty tome by the great Italian author Umberto Eco, […]



I think we can all safely agree that 2016 has been a tumultuous year and that it will be a long time before we recover from all of the heartache, shock, stress and confusion. Reading Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto when the year has, painfully slowly, drawn to a close proves a […]


The Flame Bearer

One of Britain’s most cherished authors of historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell is back in good form with The Flame Bearer, the latest addition to the celebrated The Last Kingdom series. Starting back in 2004, the popular series follows the perils of Uhtred, rightful heir to his father’s castle of Bebbanburg on the Saxon shores of […]

The Magic of Reading

Welcome to the new Edinburgh Book Review website! We hope you like the new design and layout, as well as this new Articles section. In this feature, our editors will take the time to share their thoughts on the world of books and discuss new and upcoming publications. We also […]

Steven A McKay’s interview with Glyn Iliffe

In the past, we’ve had our fair share of interviews with many talented authors sitting down with us to talk about their passion for literature, getting into what they think is the secret to writing a great novel. This time, we are going to try something a little different, because […]