Alistair Moffat's series of articles in the Scotsman

DNA is the basis of life. Discovered in 1953, its molecular structure revealed how DNA carries all of the genetic information needed for organisms to reproduce. Scientists describe it in sequences of letters and human beings inherit 3 billion from each of their parents. As generations move from place to place, distinctive DNA markers are carried by each and every one of us. In a programme of pioneering research at Edinburgh University, Dr Jim Wilson has been gathering samples of DNA from Scots all across the country and this week, in a new book by Alistair Moffat, and in a series of features in The Scotsman, we discover just what his innovative work has revealed – and where the Scots came from makes for fascinating reading.

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From the Library – Orkney Library talks to the Scottish Review of Books

In Celebration of Libraries Week 2017, Scottish Review of Books talks to Louise Graham and the staff of Orkney Library about what makes their library tick

A Year of Spark - Bold Publishing Programme to mark the Centenary of Muriel Spark's birth

2018 is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth. One of the great writers of the 20th century, all 22 of her novels will be re-published by Polygon in a bold publishing move, A Year of Spark.

Independent Bookshops - Alexander McCall Smith

In the run up to Bookshop Day – 7 October 2017 – Alexander McCall Smith talks about the joy to be found within your local bookshop.