Michael Alexander meets Fife-raised internationally best-selling author Ian Rankin to talk about the 30th anniversary of his John Rebus novels and the launch of RebusFest being held in Edinburgh this summer.
He is the best-selling Scottish crime author with a mortuary dissection room named after him at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and a back catalogue of fiction that make him one of the most successful writers in Scotland.
If you were shocked by recent newspaper headlines like “Never Mind Brexit – Who Won Legs-It” and “Your Money or Your Lives”, then imagine how prim and proper Victorian readers must have reacted to seeing prominent public figures openly lampooned and satirised in Blackwood’s Magazine.
It’s easy to forget what life was like before central heating and wall-to-wall carpets but a new book called Pass It On: Household Tips From The 1950s offers a trip down memory lane combined with more than 1,000 practical household tips, many of which could still come in handy today.
Growing up in St Andrews, Peter Herron was no stranger to colourful tales from the town’s often dark and turbulent past.
In exclusive interviews, Michael Alexander speaks to Perth-raised music journalists Stuart Cosgrove and Sylvia Patterson whose new books have been nominated for the prestigious Penderyn Book Prize 2017.
An insight into the life of Victorian Scotland’s “forgotten” poets published in Dundee has been brought back for a modern audience.
A “cracker” of an Angus literary mystery has been immortalised in verse by a local Robert Burns enthusiast.
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JK Rowling has sent Harry Potter books to a young fan in Syria after her mother messaged the author to ask how her daughter could get hold of the novels.