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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Toppings & Company finally opens its doors

An independent bookseller in St Andrews

Summer reads: The Beautiful and the Damned

F Scott Fitzgerald’s sophomore novel The Beautiful and Damned is often overlooked in discussions of the writer’s illustrious career and literary heritage, especially when considering...

The Critics: Blue Nights

Joan Didion Knopf £14.99 Within twenty months, Joan Didion lost both her husband John and her daughter Quintana. These unexpected and devastating losses prompted two memoirs: The...

Anna Akhmatova: The tragic destiny of a Russian soul

I was walking home. The sun was out. The snow had finally melted and the grass was growing green, so I decided to change...

An interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

Hailed in 2016 as “America’s greatest living science fiction writer” by The New York Times no less, and officially declared a “living legend” by...

The key is gaining the reader’s trust: An evening with Julian...

The blossoming collaboration of the Booker Foundation and St Andrews University continued last week with the visit of author Julian Barnes

The Critics: The Bees

The Bees Carol Ann Duffy Picador I won’t be ashamed about my admiration for this book. It’s an unfamiliar and precious indulgence to review something I genuinely...

Forward Prizes Announced: Near-Misses for St Andrews at ‘Poetry Oscars’

Kei Miller has won the £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection, beating four other shortlisted writers, including St Andrews professor John Burnside.

The Weather Report

The Cloud Corporation Timothy Donnelly Picador £9.99 Poetry; Business; Corporations; The bible; Noah: these are, I kid you not, the keywords that will lead you to Timothy Donnelly...

Words smuggled from China to St Andrews: Liu Xiaobo at StAnza

It is a sad state of affairs when a government chooses to imprison one of its own thinkers for attempting to challenge the regime...