Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann, 2021)

BOOKMARK is delighted that our next online event on June 30th will be featuring the acclaimed Scottish novelist, Jenni Fagan, named Scottish writer of the year 2016 by The Herald. She will be talking about her book Luckenbooth, which was published earlier this year to great acclaim. Its epigraph ‘Edinburgh is a mad god’s dream’ (MacDiarmid) is the perfect choice to describe this dazzling, provocative and unsettling account of one hundred years in the life of a Royal Mile tenement. The residents in (among many others) the devil’s daughter, a miner afraid of the light, the writer William Burroughs and a researcher at the Dick Vet. What they all have in common is knowledge of the dark side of Edinburgh – is this the effect of the building or are other more sinister forces at work?

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