Rave reviews being earned by Scottish journalism novel

A NOVEL featuring a fictional Scottish journalist has received a four-out-of-five-star review in the latest edition of the Glasgow/Edinburgh events magazine, The List.

‘All the Colours of the Town’ is the debut novel by Liam McIlvanney, son of author, William, and a professor of Scottish Studies in New Zealand.

The story is set in Glasgow and Belfast and its central character – ‘jobbing political hack’, Gerry Conway – finds himself caught up in the sectarian violence that has blighted the two cities, following a dubious tip-off about the Scottish Justice Minister.

McIlvanney is the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago and ‘All the Colours of the Town’ is published next month, by Faber.

In the acknowledgements, the author thanks Scots, Lindsay McGarvie, former political editor of the Sunday Mail, and Stephen Khan, of The Guardian.

He told allmediascotland.com: “You might add that, at one point in the novel, the protagonist breaks a story on a website called ‘Scottishwire.com’, which may not be a million miles away from allmediascotland.com.”