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Occupation Kamila Shamsie
In 2015, KS published a provocative piece in The Guardian, challenging publishers and authors to correct gender imbalance in the industry by making 2018 the year of publishing only women in the UK...
Author summary Nan Shepherd
NS , a Scotswoman, published between 1928 and 1934 three novels and a volume of poems. A volume of nature-writing or memoir about her relationship with the Cairngorm mountains proved unacceptable during the 1940s, and...
Publishing Naomi Mitchison
NM published with Canongate of EdinburghThe Cleansing of the Knife, and other poems, which collects the poetry she wrote during World War Two.
Benton, Jill. Naomi Mitchison: A Biography. Pandora.
Sheridan, Dorothy, and Naomi Mitchison. “Introduction”. Among You Taking Notes . . . The Wartime Diary of Naomi Mitchison 1939-1945, Oxford University Press, pp. 15-24.
Publishing Willa Muir
WM had conceived and begun work on this novel by 1926, planning to set it in Montrose, her childhood town.
Muir, Willa. Belonging. Hogarth Press.
Smith, Ali. “And Woman Created Woman: Carswell, Shepherd and Muir, and the Self-Made Woman”. Gendering the Nation: Studies in Modern Scottish Literature, edited by Christopher Whyte, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 25-47.
She did not start working on it in earnest, however, until 1930...
Publishing Rebecca West
The first edition, by Viking Press in New York, was issued in two-volume boxed sets.
Hutchinson, G. Evelyn. A Preliminary List of the Writings of Rebecca West, 1912-1951. Yale University Library.
Geoff Dyer , in his introduction to the Canongate edition of 2006, notes West's probing of the painful...
Reception Muriel Spark
In the run-up to Spark's centenary in 2018, Canongate published in 2016 omnibus volumes which each contain the text of three of her novels, under titles like Spark's Satire and Spark's Europe, and Polygon
Textual Production Margaret Atwood
MA published one of the two opening titles in Canongate 's Myths series, a feminist retelling of Homer 's Odyssey entitled The Penelopiad, The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus.
“Start the Week”. BBC Radio 4.
Textual Production Jeanette Winterson
JW 's Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles appeared as one of the two opening titles in Canongate 's Myths series.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
“Start the Week”. BBC Radio 4.
Textual Production Margaret Atwood
Atwood says she first read the Odyssey at about fifteen and was unpleasantly struck by the fact that Odysseus, after his triumphal homecoming and reunion with his faithful wife, kills not only the suitors whom...
Textual Production A. S. Byatt
ASB contributed to Canongate 's series of retold myths a volume entitled Ragnarok: The End of the Gods, a compelling rendering of the stories fromNorse legend which she first encountered in early childhood.
Harrison, M. John. “Eve of destruction”. Guardian Weekly, pp. 39-40.
Textual Production Antonia Fraser
Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology, selected and edited by AF to initiate the firm of Canongate Publishing for her friends Angus and Stephanie Wolfe Murray , had its launch in Edinburgh.
Fraser, Antonia. Must You Go?. Random House of Canada.
Textual Production P. D. James
In 1998 Canongate Books published Pocket Canons Bible II, a selection of books of the Bible with introductions by assorted celebrities. PDJ introduced the Acts of the Apostles.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
Textual Production Willa Muir
Canongate re-issued WM 's novels Imagined Corners and Mrs Ritchie in a volume, Imagined Selves, shared with her three essays Mrs Grundy in Scotland, Women: An Inquiry, and Women in Scotland.
Canongate Books.
Muir, Willa. Imagined Selves. Editor Allen, Kirsty, Canongate Classics.
Textual Production Ruth Rendell
In 1999 RR wrote an introduction to St Paul 's Epistle to the Romans, for a Canongate series of biblical books. She also edited with an introduction a collection of writing about murder entitled...
Textual Production Nan Shepherd
In 1987 the Edinburgh publisher Canongate initiated a revival of interest in NS . It reprinted The Quarry Wood that year, The Weatherhouse in 1988, and in 1996 an omnibus volume, The Grampian Quartet...


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Atwood, Margaret. The Penelopiad. Canongate, 2005.
Byatt, A. S. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods. Canongate, 2011.
Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Canongate, 2016.
Drabble, Margaret. The Pure Gold Baby. Canongate, 2013.
Grant, Elizabeth. Memoirs of a Highland Lady. Editor Tod, Andrew, Canongate, 1988.
Grant, Elizabeth. The Highland Lady in Ireland. Editors Pelly, Patricia and Andrew Tod, Canongate, 1991.
Jacob, Violet. Violet Jacob: Diaries and Letters from India 1895-1900. Editor Anderson, Carol, Canongate, 1990.
Mitchison, Naomi. Images of Africa. Canongate, 1980.
Mitchison, Naomi. The Cleansing of the Knife, and other poems. Canongate, 1978.
Saintsbury, Elizabeth. George MacDonald: A Short Life. Canongate, 1987.
Shepherd, Nan. The Living Mountain. Canongate, 2011.
Shepherd, Nan. The Quarry Wood. Canongate, 1987.
Shepherd, Nan. The Weatherhouse. Canongate, 1988.
Slovo, Gillian. Ten Days. Canongate, 2016.
Smith, Ali. Girl Meets Boy. Canongate, 2007.
Tennant, Emma. Burnt Diaries. Canongate, 1999.
Grant, Elizabeth. “Introduction”. Memoirs of a Highland Lady, edited by Andrew Tod, Canongate, 1988.
Grant, Elizabeth. “Introduction”. The Highland Lady in Ireland, edited by Andrew Tod, Canongate, 1991, p. vii - xiii.