The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories

ISBN : 9780199556540

Douglas Dunn
512 ページ
129 x 196 mm
Oxford Books of Prose & Verse
  • A contemporary new look for a celebrated anthology of Scottish short stories
  • Stories are chosen by prize-winning poet and writer of short stories Douglas Dunn - a 'reader with real taste', who has put together an intriguing collection with an informative and sensitive introduction to the genre
  • Showcases Scotland's finest writers of short stories, with representations of their best work
  • Most wide-ranging and up-to-date collection, representing excellent value for money
  • Among authors included are Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Neil Gunn, and A. L. Kennedy

From tales of the supernatural to pungent social realism, and from the humorous to the disturbing, whether rural or urban, this anthology shows the vitality of the Scottish short story.
Douglas Dunn's eclectic selection displays the marvellous range of Scottish story-telling, beginning with three early traditional tales, and including a wealth of writers from the last three centuries: amongst them Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. M. Barrie, Violet Jacob, Neil Gunn, Eric Linklater, Alasdair Gray, James Kelman, and younger talents such as Ronald Frame, Janice Galloway, and A. L. Kennedy.


Douglas Dunn is Professor of English and Director of St Andrew's Scottish Studies Institute at St Andrew's University. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1981. He lives in Scotland. He was awarded an OBE in 2003. Dunn's first collection of poetry, Terry Street, was published by in 1969, and was awarded both a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Love or Nothing (1974) was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1976. His other poetry books include St. Kilda's Parliament (1981), winner of the Hawthornden Prize in 1981, and the acclaimed Elegies (1985), winner of Whitbread Book of the Year. Secret Villages, a collection of short stories, was published in 1985. More recent publications include a collection of short stories, Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1995), and three poetry collections, including New Selected Poems 1964-2000 (2002).

This is the most substantial anthology of short stories from Scotland to appear in some years, and as such should be welcomed ... a comprehensive overview of the development of the short story in Scotland. - The List

Every story here, without exception, contains the verb to say. These stories embody the "speak" of those places which help to comprise the small but complex, multifarious nation we call ours. In this way they embellish the term Scottish in the volume's title, and help subtly to define it. - Stewart Conn, Scotland on Sunday

It is a thorough, bread-and-butter summation of the best and the wisest, the most famous and the more cobwebbed exponents of the form. - Bella Bathurst, The Scotsman

This enthralling anthology features Dunn's favourites and a fine lot they are. - Alan Bold, The Herald

The great value of this anthology is that it shows us what we have been missing ... [Dunn's] introduction is fascinating and informative ... OUP has produced several anthologies of short stories based around culture or nationhood. This is a welcome and worthy addition to that series. - Sunderland Echo

the rollcall of names in this collection is impressive - The Irish Times