For Scottish readers only (perhaps)

Tonight on BBC 2 Scotland there is a documentary about William Mcilvanney who, arguably, took Scottish fiction by the scruff of the neck in the 1960s and brought it up to date, into the spotlight and made it relevant to the people of Scotland. Without him, the documentary argues, there would be no Ian Rankin, no Val McDermid.

I must confess to not having read much of his fiction but think I ought to do something about that and get properly acquainted with this pivotal figure.

I am not sure if viewers outside Scotland will be able to access the broadcast but the attached article gives snippets and additional material so it would make a good place to start to explore.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5nmX0Whb7GVHxzsMqtxVRS8/the-real-deal-how-william-mcilvanney-transformed-scottish-fiction

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