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 […]


The Voyage Of Odysseus

We love sharing stories. Whether written or told, they stay with us, becoming a treasured part of who we are. In that light, the longevity of some stories is just staggering. Told and retold for what could be three millennia – embellished and stripped back a thousand ways – the […]


Gus & Me: The Story Of My Granddad And My First Guitar

Growing up, my house was filled with music. All day long, my mother would put on her best records from the sixties, seventies and eighties, and crank up the volume while she was cleaning our living room or doing the laundry, singing along. I learned all about blues and rock […]

Interview with Simon Scarrow 

Over the last fifteen years, Simon Scarrow has made a name for himself as one of Britain’s most prolific writers of historical fiction. His immensely popular Eagle series has seen a new adventure almost every year since 2000. Number thirteen, Brothers In Blood came out last year. Apart from this […]


Edinburgh: Mapping the City

Over the years, I’ve seen some very beautiful cities while travelling through Europe and all have their own allure. Rome’s ancient and eternal splendour, the medieval fairytale that is Prague, the wealthy buildings of Amsterdam’s mercantile elite along its canals, the proud imperial architecture of London. Edinburgh is also one […]

Interview with Linda Holeman

It is said that there’s often a fine line between authors and their characters. Because reading is such a personal affair, it’s easy to read too much into one of your favourite stories, hoping to discover some privileged sense that the writer is confiding in you as a reader. In […]


Crossing The North Sea

I never used to get poetry. I mean, sure I liked some nice lines of beautiful words put together to form some clever or romantic idea. You know, like Keates. But when it came to anything more opaque, snarly or flighty, I would usually turn away in slightly dismissive unease. Until […]

Interview with David Beers

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Still, in some cases, it helps to be warned. And The Devil’s Dream by American author David Beers certainly does look pretty ominous, with promises of sinister and bloody subjects lurking under its thin veneer. Indeed, it’s a story of […]


The Devil’s Dream

He could have been the next Einstein. He could have won a Nobel prize. His teenage son stood a great chance of becoming president someday. Only if things had turned out differently for Matthew Brand. If the cops hadn’t gunned down his son in a case of mistaken identity; he […]