NEWS

New novel

New novel

At last! My new novel, A Particular Man, is about to come out. Publication date: 13th June. It’s been a long haul since the demise of my former publisher, but we’ve got here. Bloodhound are not only publishing A Particular Man, but also reissuing Blasted Things in September. … Read more...

Deep midwinter

Deep midwinter

Deep mid-winter. Only three days till the longest night. I find this time of year exciting and inspiring, the light on the bare trees, the way you can see the architecture of the branches and twigs and the shapes of the birds within. There’s always one day in the run-up … Read more...

My favourite reads of 2023

Here’s a link to my favourite books of 2023:

https://shepherd.com/bboy/2023/f/lesley-glaister

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On the brink

On the brink

On my dog-walk this morning I was struck by the softness of everything on this grey mid-summer day: soft air, soft clouds, soft breeze stirring the branches, stroking my bare arms and the soft, sweet scent of elderflower. So unusually soft and dry and cushy for Edinburgh. But at the … Read more...

There are states of not writing

There are states of not writing

Sometimes a writer can’t write. Sometimes the writing flows irresistibly. But most of the time there is an in-between state. This is the truth for me, at least. And it is in this in-between state that I am in now. It’s a state of being neither entirely driven, nor entirely … Read more...

Ditching the Resolve

Ditching the Resolve

When does it become counterproductive to stick to a resolution? I’ve been asking myself this recently, as my resolve has become stale and dutiful. That is the trouble with making a rule. My resolution was to spot five different kinds of bird a day, and not just to spot but … Read more...

Among the morning trees

Among the morning trees

Since my last post I’ve seen, among other birds: two buzzards fighting, a woodpecker and something green, either a siskin or a greenfinch. And I have learned to distinguish between pigeons and wood pigeons, the latter much bigger, sturdier, more solitary and posher than the flocks of feral pigeons in … Read more...

Five A Day

Five A Day

I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions some time ago. But this year I have decided to embrace one, in the form of a new five a day challenge. Nothing to do with fruit and vegetables – five species of bird. Identifying five species a day gives a walk a … Read more...

Next novel almost finished

Next novel almost finished

I’m delighted to have managed to dovetail the end of a novel with the end of the year. Very satisfying! To be strictly truthful my novel needs one more read-through before being despatched to my agent. And the timing is happenstance rather than skilful planning.

My next and fairly crucial … Read more...

Leaving St Andrews

Leaving St Andrews

Teaching is over for the year, and in fact, for me at St Andrews, forever as I decided this spring that it’s time to part company from that august institution. I feel wistful at leaving behind those beautiful old buildings and my wonderfully talented colleagues, but also excited at the … Read more...