This new, fully illustrated, paperback book by Jan-Andrew Henderson does exactly what it promises on the cover, looking at the literary heritage of Edinburgh from The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 right up until the present day. It includes not only authors, but also journals, editors, and publishers, and landmarks connected with these people.
The book covers well-known writers such as Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as those who were popular in their day but are barely remembered now, including Annie Swan and Susan Ferrier.
As always, Jan-Andrew Henderson adds his own subtle touch of humour to the writing, making this an enjoyable read. Due to space constraints, some entries are only given a few lines, but this acts as an excellent introduction to anyone wanting to find out more about the subject and a good guide for those planning to visit the places connected with Edinburgh’s literary heritage.
Publication date 15th May 2021
Review (c) Lisa Sibbald