Articles By Allan Massie
 
December 2017 / January 2018
Iris Origo's diary of the runup to Italy entering WW2 is a fascinating record which cuts through Fascist propaganda
 
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November 2017
The years 1880-1914 were just as much an Age of Improvement as an Age of Decadence
 
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May 2014
In this unnecessarily long campaign, both nationalists and unionists have peddled negative and exaggerated arguments
 
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March 2012
Book reviews of Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters translated & edited by Michael Hofmann and Three Lives, a Biography of Stefan Zweig by Oliver Matuschek, translated by Allan Blunden
 
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November 2011
The biographer of Dr Johnson's gift to posterity was to establish the latter as one of English literature's towering figures
 
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November 2011
The mawkish cult of Rabbie distracts us from the beauty of the Scottish poet's exquisite verse
 
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July/August 2011
A new short story
 
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May 2011

Book review of A Man of Parts by David Lodge

 
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October 2010
He is an 18th-century deist with a message for today's aggressive atheists: religion has a social value, and saves us from the return to a Hobbesian state of nature
 
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July/August 2010
A short story
 
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April 2010
Allan Massie salutes Sir Walter Scott, master of historical fiction and author of among others, Rob Roy and Waverley
 
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January/February 2010
The editor of the Literary Review deserves praises for giving its writers a free hand — as long as they do not succumb to puffery and hype
 
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November 2009
Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell by Javier Marias
 
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October 2009
Lustrum by Robert Harris
 
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September 2009
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings
 
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June 2009
Scottish devolution is now a fact of life. But the Union is still in Scotland’s interests, despite the rise of nationalism
 
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September 2008
The humiliation of 1940 has cast a baleful shadow over France's postwar history. Can Nicolas Sarkozy, the first president too young to be tainted by it, usher in a new era?
 
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August 2008
Boxing, A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy
 
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July 2008
The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History by Hugh Trevor-Roper
 
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About Allan Massie

Allan Massie has written some twenty novels and a number of non-fiction books, including The Thistle and the Rose, a study of Anglo-Scottish relations. He writes a fortnightly column, "Life & Letters", for the Spectator.

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