Virginia Woolf shares spotlight with Irvine Welsh and J.K. Rowling on Scottish list

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Emma Garman.

As reported at the Literary Saloon, the just-released ‘100 Best Scottish Books of All Time’ is the subject of some controversy over exactly what, in this context, constitutes Scottish; in particular Woolf scholars are squabbling over the nationality of To the Lighthouse. The list’s criteria certainly seem fairly loose: apparently “1984 was included because Orwell wrote much of it while living on Jura, and Heart of Darkness was included because it was first published in Blackwood’s magazine of Edinburgh in 1899.”


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