Carl MacDougall has written three prize-winning novels, four pamphlets and four collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and has edited four anthologies, including the best selling The Devil and the Giro. He has written and presented two major television series for BBC 2, is President of Scottish PEN, an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and is probably working on too many things.


Carl speaking on the Short Stories of Iain Crichton Smith, ASLS Schools Conference, 2013.


"Carl is a hero of mine... a great storyteller."

- Billy Connolly

"His work has a unique and distinctive flavour; the writing is beautiful."

- George MacKay Brown

"Carl MacDougall is a writer who is willing to be jumped on by things everyone doesn't see."

- Russell Hoban

"He doesn't always write about Glasgow... but when he does, he manages better than almost any other writer to communicate place and people together, and in balance; our intangible criterion for a Glasgow short story."

- Moira Burgess

"This novel ... sets Carl MacDougall firmly among the pantheon of Kelman and Gray... sparkling and exhilarating... wise and, above all, entertaining."

- Iain Crichton Smith, Scotland on Sunday on Stone Over Water

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"Carl MacDougall’s new collection is brimming with the qualities we’ve come to expect from this important Scottish writer: beautiful writing, real people, poignant and wounded like us, rich emotional wisdom, and a lovely wit."

- Anne Lamott, author of Blue Shoe and Imperfect Birds.

"A towering figure… has lost none of his distinctive style or ability to shock… MacDougall creates a complex world over a dozen deftly crafted pages… [a] masterful collection"

- Scotsman

"Brutal but brilliant"

- Herald

"The towering voice of Scottish literature returns with this stunning collection… told without melodrama, with MacDougall’s cleanly-written prose… This is a triumphant return to fiction after an absence of a decade for this award-winning writer"

- Scottish Field

"The stories contained in this collection often left me stunned ... on occasion I had to read a page a few times ... the stories were sad and tragic, although they were never told with melodrama. Instead, they were quiet and deeply emotional, and I sometimes paused when one ended, and held it for a long while before I slipped into the next. What a powerful collection of stories that will haunt me."

- Lori Handelman, (5 Stars)

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