Sunday, 13 September 2009

Short And Sweet Snippets For Sunday

An early Sunday round-up today as I'm off out this evening to see Helen Fitzgerald, Karen Campbell, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh and Harry The Polis at the event I mentioned earlier this week. Hope to report on that tomorrow.

As also mentioned, there's a nice double page spread on Scottish crime fiction in the Sunday Herald. I love this quote from Denise Mina: "If you throw a brick on Sauchiehall Street you'll hit someone writing a crime novel." And long may that continue, I say. Well, not the brick throwing on Sauchiehall Street, of course, but the vast array of crime fiction authors in Scotland.

Ian Rankin is currently working on a screenplay of James Hogg's 1824 novel THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER - demonic possession, murder, religious fanaticism, satire, horror, serial killing and madness. Excellent! I'm looking forward to seeing that.

And, talking of screenplays, a major adaptation of Kate Atkinson's BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM is underway.

Russel D McLean with a spirited essay on why he loves crime fiction. Russel's second Dundee set PI novel THE LOST SISTER is out next month by the way, and, if it's as good as his first, we're in for a treat.

Martin Edwards chooses Bill Knox's VIEW FROM DANIEL PIKE as his entry into the Friday's Forgotten Books series. I love FFB because it introduces me to authors I may never have heard of otherwise, and also highlights those underrated and neglected authors like Bill Knox.

The National Library of Scotland opens its new visitor's centre. Christopher Brookmyre is one of those named to appear at a series of events.

Reviews for Val McDermid's FEVER OF THE BONE, and THE COMPLAINTS and DARK ENTRIES by Ian Rankin.

An interview with Colin Galbraith.

And finally, adopted (by me!) Scot Chris Ewan launches a book club on the Isle of Man.


  1. Glad to see someone else remembers THE VIEW FROM DANIEL PIKE - which produced one of my favourite episode titles:"Philomena and the Tattie-Howkers" Something I've long wanted to see again, The tapes are probably mouldering in a BBC Scotland attic somewhere...

  2. I read quite a few Bill Knox books years ago, but even more when I got to know his family after his death. They told me about his love of Scotland, and it shines through his books, not only the Thane and Moss series, but all the others that I've read. One reason why he's underrated may be that he was so prolific. But his evocation of place is pretty good, I think.

  3. Great links...thanks!

    I love the forgotten book blog--I find so many great books there.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  4. Jim - I love that title!

    Martin - I think you may be right. It's a shame he is not much better known.

    Elizabeth - thank you! Me too - it's a great resource.