A new book by James Robertson is a major literary event. Described by Irvine Welsh as “One of Britain’s best contemporary novelists” his latest novel, based on the Lockerbie bombing, a tragedy that has scarred the south west – is due out in June, so his presence at the festival gives us an exclusive preview of this new work which is already proving controversial.
With parallels to the real story, The Professor of Truth is the account of one man’s search for the truth about the bombing in which his wife and daughter were killed. When new information arrives from an unexpected source, he pursues this lead wherever it takes him, in hope not only of justice, but also escape from his enduring grief. Fiction is a departure for the Festival, but Robertson has always used the facts of contemporary and historical life in Scotland to inform his widely acclaimed novels, prompting Ian Rankin to write: ‘Robertson’s sweeping history of life and politics in twentieth century Scotland should not be ignored’.
WHERE AND WHEN
- Boswell Marquee
- Sunday, 19 May 2013
- £8, £6 (c)
[Further posts on this blog referring to James Robertson and Lockerbie can be accessed here.]