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Calum Barnes

Calum Barnes is a writer and bookseller based in Edinburgh.

Writing Our Own Story

James Kelman’s rendering of working-class Scottish life and speech has been incredibly influential on generations of Scottish writers. The novelist’s new portrait of the writer as an old man sees him shift into ironic auto-fiction.

Weegie Elegy

Douglas Stuart’s acclaimed novel Shuggie Bain paints a compelling picture of the dying days of industrial Clydeside, but its success owes much to a formal conservatism and political quietism.