Synopses & Reviews
A polemic on the case for Scottish independence by the writer, artist, thinker, and cultural icon, Alasdair Gray
Gray argues that a truly independent Scotland will only ever exist when people in every home, school, farm, workshop, factory, island, town, and city feel that they too are at the center of the world. Independence asks whether widespread social welfare is more possible in small nations such as Norway and New Zealand than in big ones like Britain and the U.S. It describes the many differences between Scotland and England, it examines the people who choose to live north of the border, it shows Scotland's relevance to the rest of the world, it attempts to conjure a vision of how a Scots parliament might benefit the people of this small but dynamic nation, and it tells us how democracy is failing wherever people stop believing that their vote will make a difference.
About the Author
Alasdair Gray is the author of 1982, Janine; The Book of Prefaces; Old Men in Love; and Poor Things; for which he won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. His first novel, the loosely autobiographical, blackly fantastical Lanark, changed the landscape of British fiction, opening up the imaginative territory inhabited today by writers such as A. L. Kennedy, James Kelman, and Irvine Welsh. It led Anthony Burgess to hail him as "the most important Scottish writer since Sir Walter Scott."