James Robertson - And the Land Lay Still

One of Scotland's most vital authors tackles our Q&A

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This article is from 2010.

James Robertson answers five questions

Give us five words to describe And the Land Lay Still?
Big. Scottish. Panoramic. Multi-storied.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
Sherman Alexie. John Galt.

What do you love about book festivals?
Catching up with other authors. Big tents. Informal outdoor encounters with enthusiastic readers.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
James Kennaway was a daring and original writer who, had he not died in a car accident at the age of 40 in 1968, would now be the grand old man of Scottish letters. It would be fascinating to know how his career turned out.

What would you change about the publishing world?
I’d want publishers to re-engage with what’s left of High Street bookselling, particularly independent bookshops, and help to build them into oases of civilisation in the arid wastelands of shopping.
14 Aug, 5pm, £19 (£8); 28 Aug (kids event with Alexander McCall Smith), noon, £4.

This article is from 2010.

Meet James Robertson

The Scottish author of 'The Testament of Gideon Mack', which made the Booker Prize long-list in 2006, visits Waterstone's for a chat about his latest novel, 'And the Land Lay Still'.

James Robertson

Scottish author James Robertson is set to reach a new career high with his epic novel, And the Land Lay Still, launching at the Book Festival. This monumental book charts the story of one family through the second half of the 20th century, and in writing it Robertson has created the definitive fictional representation of…

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