Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Godfather of Tartan Noir

William McIlvanney is a name to be reckoned with in Scottish fiction. A Whitbread winner. A Bafta winner and also - for his groundbreaking crime fiction - a two-time CWA Dagger winner.

The man they affectionately call the Godfather of Tartan Noir spawned a legion of followers with his first crime novel, Laidlaw, and now he's back with a new book deal (Canongate) and a hefty relaunch schedule with Laidlaw back in print from today.

I spoke to McIlvanney for the press recently - here's the article below - and there'll be an even lengthier version to follow soon (more about that later).



Picture: IAN ATKINSON.




:: Laidlaw is published by Canongate today.