Allan Massie's 'Nevertheless'
Highly regarded novelist & journalist, Allan Massie discusses his personal reasons for voting no for Scottish Independence in this limited edition of the Saltire Series.
Allan Massie was born in Singapore in 1938 and brought up in Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Trinity College, Genalmond and Trinity College, Cambridge where he read History.
He taught for some years in Scotland and Italy, and had been a full-time writer since the 1970s. His first novel, "Change and Decay in all I see" was published in 1978. Subsequent novels include "The Death of Men" (1981) and the Imperial sextet, a sequence of novels about Roman emperors. He considers his best novels to be a loose trilogy set in mid-twentieth century Europe: "A Question of Loyalties", "The Sins of the Father" and "Shadows of Empire." More recent works include "Surviving" and "Klaus", a novella. He is currently writing the last of four crime novels set in Bordeaux between 1940 and 1944. "Death in Bordeaux", "Dark Summer in Bordeaux" and "Cold Winter in Bordeaux" have already been published.
His non-fiction includes "Byron's Travels", "The Royal Stuarts" and "The Thistle and the Rose", essays on Anglo-Scottish relations.
As a journalist he has written for most national newspapers, contributing weekly to The Scotsman for forty years.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was awarded a CBE in 2013.
Married with three grown-up children, he lives in the Yarrow Valley, a couple of miles out of Selkirk
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