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Listen To The Voice

by Iain Crichton Smith

Introduced by Douglas Gifford. This collection of the best of Iain Crichton Smith's short fiction brings together not one but many voices, both public and private. Ranging from inner promptings towards self-discovery,...


Lazybed (NHB Modern Plays)

by Iain Crichton Smith

A play about a man who cannot, or will not, get out of bed one morning for 'metaphysical reasons'. As the day progresses he is visited by his brother, neighbours, doctor, Death and Immanuel Kant. First staged...


Goodbye, Mr Dixon

by Iain Crichton Smith

The titular Mr Dixon is not the novel’s main character but the creation of the novel’s main character, Tom Spence. Spence describes himself as “an embryo novelist”; he has had the odd job – for example,...


The Last Summer

by Iain Crichton Smith

A sensitively written and memorable novel of youth by one of Scotland’s most distinguished twentieth century writers. Malcolm, studious, imaginative, footballing, shy, sexually aware but uncomfortably innocent,...


My Last Duchess

by Iain Crichton Smith

Iain Crichton Smith’s third novel is as different from his second, The Last Summer, as that was from his first, Consider the Lillies. Crichton Smith is at the height of his powers as poet and prose writer....


Consider the Lilies

by Iain Crichton Smith

‘Retrained, finely wrought … Mr Crichton Smith shows us isolation, perplexity, loneliness, a combination of blindness and indifference’ – New Statesman ‘Mr Crichton Smith has an acute feeling for places...


The Search

by Iain Crichton Smith

Trevor Griersor, a Scottish university lecturer, is spending a term in Canberra, lecturing on Scottish authors. One day a stranger phones, with garbled news of Trevor’s brother Norman who vanished in Australia...


An End to Autumn

by Iain Crichton Smith

Tom and Vera Mallow, who are in only their early thirties, might indeed be said to be in the autumn of their lives already, they are school teachers, both of them, but without any strong feeling for children,...


The Tenement

by Iain Crichton Smith

The tenement has its being, its almost independent being, in a small Scottish town. Built of grey granite, more than a century ago, it stands four-square in space and time, the one fixed point in the febrile...


In the Middle of the Wood

by Iain Crichton Smith

Ralph Simmons, a writer, struggles to survive a nervous breakdown that leaves him anxious, suspicious, and frightened. In the Middle of the Wood is considered by many to be Iain Crichton Smith’s most remarkable...


On the Island

by Iain Crichton Smith

For an eleven-year-old boy, living with his widowed mother and younger brother in a remote seaside village on one of the Western Isles of Scotland, growing up has its difficulties, as well as its idyllic pleasures....


A Field Full of Folk

by Iain Crichton Smith

The world, in Iain Crichton Smith’s vision is a field full of folk; and one Scottish village is its microcosm. Here, the Minister wrestles with his loss of faith, and his cancer, concealing them even from...


An Honourable Death

by Iain Crichton Smith

‘Iain Crichton Smith writes like a poet, with strong natural rhythm and precise observation’ – The Times In the summer of 1870, a seventeen-year-old crofter’s son turned his back on his apprenticeship...


The Dream

by Iain Crichton Smith

‘A superb novel … it must be accorded tremendous acclaim’ – Scotland on Sunday ‘Iain Crichton Smith writes like a poet, with strong natural rhythm and precise observation’ – The Times In the grey streets...


The Black Halo

by Iain Crichton Smith & Kevin MacNeil

The house was extraordinarily peaceful as if by an act of will I had banished all the fertile ghosts. It had an unearthly calm as if I were floating on a dumb sea of solitude. I found myself humming to myself...


The Red Door

by Iain Crichton Smith & Kevin MacNeil

When the breathing got worse he went into the adjacent room and got the copy of Dante. All that night and the night before he had been watching the dying...When a mirror was required to be brought she looked...