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  • Wonderful, brilliant, panoramic, illuminating. A joy to read

    Irvine Welsh, Guardian
  • Gripping, vivid, beautifully realized

    The Times
  • Powerful and moving. A brilliant and multifaceted saga of Scottish life in the second half of the twentieth century

    Sunday Times
  • Toweringly ambitious, virtually flawlessly realized, a masterpiece and, without a doubt, my book of the year

    Daily Mail
  • Big, ambitious, intricately organised . . . it's some achievement

    New Statesman
  • Dizzying . . . subtle and profound . . . And The Land Lay Still reads like an alternative history of Scotland told by its everyday people instead of its movers and shakers . . . eminently readable

    Independent on Sunday
  • Both epic and domestic, it delivers a wonderful lifelikeness

  • A hugely ambitious and compassionate novel . . . a jam-packed, dizzying piece of fiction . . . already it's being spoken of as the most important novel about Scotland since Lanark

    Scotland on Sunday

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