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  1. April 13, 2012

    Life choice

    Skagboys by Irvine Welsh, Jonathan Cape, RRP£12.99, 548 pages “The sweat wis lashing oafay Sick Boy ” By the now famous...

  2. March 30, 2012

    The old buccaneers

     Silver: Return to Treasure Island, by Andrew Motion, Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 404 pages One fateful day in 1894, Robert Louis...

  1. February 16, 2012

    Cameron in plea to Scots on referendum

    David Cameron came to Edinburgh yesterday to praise the contribution of Scots to the United Kingdom – but to bury the idea...

  2. January 6, 2012

    Value in Victorians and Morse mythology

    The wheel turns,” said Benedict Cumberbatch towards the end of the New Year’s day edition of Sherlock (BBC1 Sundays),...

  3. December 30, 2011

    Go forth, open the mind and just walk

    Resolving to take more walks in the new year might sound like promising to take more naps – choosing idleness over work. But...

  4. July 15, 2011

    Soft options look to be past their sell-by date

    JK Galbraith defined politics as “choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable”. Watching the progress of politics in...

  5. June 22, 2011

    Irrational reactions

    Market reactions often seem little short of eccentric. Wednesday morning was a case in point. Overnight, George Papandreou...

  6. June 11, 2011

    The Tao of Travel

    The Tao of Travel, Paul Theroux, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£16.99, 304 pages “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to...

  7. May 21, 2011

    The Possessions of Doctor Forrest

    The Possessions of Doctor Forrest, by Richard T Kelly, Faber, RRP£12.99, 320 pages Overreaching scientists whose morals lag...

  8. February 11, 2011

    ‘Get out of bed’ – and that’s doctor’s orders

    Once upon a time, illnesses and accidents led to obligatory time in bed. Indeed, this is where your doctor would most...

  9. November 8, 2010

    Perspectives: A trip with a tablet can be like travelling with a donkey

    Had Robert Louis Stevenson been alive today he might – as a writer and with the advantages of modern transport – have...

  10. January 12, 2010

    Struggles with an inner monster

    Just say "Jekyll and Hyde" and minds start racing. This classic study of a split personality in Robert Louis Stevenson's...

  11. August 8, 2009

    Small Talk: Adam Thirlwell

    Adam Thirlwell, 30, was named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists even before his 2003 debut novel Politics hit...

  12. July 15, 2009

    Death of Long Pig

    Everything about Nigel Planer's latest play is promising and interesting, and yet it stubbornly refuses to fly. The setting...

  13. July 14, 2009

    Death of Long Pig, Finborough Theatre, London

    Everything about Nigel Planer’s latest play is promising and interesting, and yet it stubbornly refuses to fly. The setting...

  14. March 28, 2009

    That Was Then...This Is Now - New York

    [1879] from "The Amateur Emigrant", by Robert Louis Stevenson Here I was at last in America, and was soon out upon New York...

  15. March 14, 2009

    Small Talk: Michael Morpurgo

    Award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo, 65, has published more than 100 stories, many of which have been adapted...

  16. March 14, 2009

    Small Talk: Michael Morpurgo

    Award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo, 65, has published more than 100 stories, many of which have been adapted...

  17. November 21, 2008

    Becalmed with an able crew

    This new staging of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story sets sail with a great crew. Captain of the ship is...

  18. August 16, 2008

    How to judge a book by its cover: Robinson Crusoe

    Daniel Defoe's 1719 book Robinson Crusoe - the story of an Englishman marooned on a deserted tropical island, who must live...

  19. June 28, 2008

    Book review

    Can a building hold memories? Is a house more than the physical materials from which it is built? We've all entered houses...

  20. May 24, 2008

    The big cheese

    Dear Book Doctor, Every Friday I buy a delicious toasted cheese sandwich from a stall at my local farmers' market. The man...

  21. April 25, 2008

    Edinburgh throws open a square

    St Andrew Square, one of the main features of the Scottish capital's glorious Georgian New Town, has for the first time...

  22. April 24, 2008

    Edinburgh throws open a square

    St Andrew Square, one of the main features of the Scottish capital’s glorious Georgian New Town, has for the first time been...

  23. January 5, 2008

    Small Talk - Jim Crace

    Jim Crace was born in Hertfordshire in 1946, and grew up in north London. He spent time in Sudan and Botswana, and worked...

  24. October 26, 2007

    Year-round daylight saving is a nonsense

    From Mr Robert Denham. Sir, John Kay's column on daylight saving (October 24) reflects a fundamental misconception. The...

  25. October 13, 2007

    John Mortimer on ”Treasure Island”

    Once Upon a Time TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) I’ve always been a bit wary of books written specially for...

  26. June 8, 2007

    The Lighthouse Stevensons

    The Lighthouse Stevensons By Bella BathurstCover by gray318 Harper Perennial 2007 Since Jeff Fisher’s archetypal cover for...

  27. May 18, 2007

    Small Talk: Boris Akunin

    Boris Akunin spent 20 years translating novels before deciding to write his own. The result, The Winter Queen, written in...

  28. January 20, 2007

    In brief - HELLFIRE AND HERRING: A Childhood Remembered

    HELLFIRE AND HERRING: A Childhood Remembered by Christopher Rush Profile Books £15.99, 309 pages FT bookshop price: £12.79...

  29. January 13, 2007

    Non-stop villainy

    THE GLASS BOOKS OF THE DREAM EATERS by G.W. Dahlquist Penguin Viking £16.99, 768 pages FT Bookshop price: £13.59 Review by...

  30. January 12, 2007

    Non-stop villainy

    THE GLASS BOOKS OF THE DREAM EATERS by G.W. Dahlquist Penguin Viking £16.99, 768 pages FT Bookshop price: £13.59 Writing...

  31. October 28, 2006

    Timelessness of the 'parrot islands'

    "I should like to rise and go, Where the golden apples grow; Where below another sky; Parrot islands anchored lie," wrote...

  32. July 29, 2006

    A boy's own tale

    Bartle Bull's China Star, his recently published fifth novel, is set in the 1930s. It takes us briskly from Paris and Cairo...

  33. June 24, 2006

    Five-star cruising and not an oompah band in sight

    Most people travel to relax and renew. Others, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, simply like to be on the road. It's the sea...

  34. May 26, 2006

    The road more travelled

    Been there, seen that” could be the motto of the jaded western traveller, and what makes it worse is that others have been...

  35. March 31, 2006

    Commercial break-out

    The BBC, justly famous for its classic dramas, sometimes resembles Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll. To the outside...

  36. February 17, 2006

    Book Reviews: In brief - Written Lives

    Written Lives By Javier Marias translated by Margaret Jull Costa Canongate £12, 200 pages Javier Marias, one of Spain’s...

  37. November 25, 2005

    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Five 9.00pm Grosse Pointe Blank The title niftily suggests both a fixation on matters fiscal and the story of a jaded...

  38. August 22, 2005

    Observer: City lit

    Edinburgh was last year delighted to be named the first World City of Literature by the United Nations Education, Scientific...

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