The Ragged Lion

A Novel

Allan Massie

A fictional memoir of Sir Walter Scott, written by an acclaimed author and journalist; combines fact and fiction into a unique and fascinating portrait of one of Scotland's greatest writers.
Date Published :
July 2018
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ISBN : 9781846974557
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 7.85 X 5.1 inches
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In this critically-acclaimed fictional memoir of Sir Walter Scott, Allan Massie recreates the life and times of one of Scotland’s greatest writers,convincingly capturing Scott’s humor, stoicism and eccentricity. Combining imaginative plausibility with his own deep knowledge of and love for Scott's work, Massie reveals the intimate thoughts of a man at odds with his popular image: good and courageous, but also an enigma to those around him. By turns a ghost story and an examination of the Scottish character, The Ragged Lion is utterly enthralling.

About The Author

Alan Massie was born in Singapore in 1938 and brought up in Aberdeenshire, before reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He subsequently worked as a teacher for thirteen years, in Scotland and Rome. Since the mid-1970s he has worked as a journalist and author. His first novel, Change and Decay in All I See, was published in 1978, and since then he has published seventeen novels, widely successful and translated into fourteen languages. He has also published a range of non-fiction works, including two critical biographies. Massie has been a Creative Writing fellow at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. He has also worked as editor of The New Edinburgh Review, as a television critic and sports columnist. For over twenty-five years he has been principal fiction reviewer for The Scotsman, and a columnist and reviewer for The Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He lives with his wife in the Scottish Borders, and has three grown up children.


Massie captures Scott’s humour, and his tragic qualities and stoicism'

- The Evening Standard

Profoundly human . . . Massie is a novelist for grown-ups'

- The Spectator

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