Allan Massie

The Ragged Lion

From the author of Caesar and The Sins of the Father, a fictional memoir of the celebrated Scottish Romantic writer and historical novelist.

Allan Massie recreates the life and times of Sir Walter Scott, 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.

Praise for The Ragged Lion

“Massie captures Scott’s humor, and his tragic qualities and stoicism.” —The Evening Standard (UK)

“Profoundly human . . . Massie is a novelist for grown-ups.” —The Spectator (UK)DESC>

biographical fiction;historical fiction;historical biographical fiction;world literature;Scottish literature;20th century Scottish literature;Scottish historical fiction;Scottish biographical historical fiction;judge;lawyer;attorney;advocate;legal administrator;sir walter scott;baronet;abbotsford;jealousy;insecurity;fiction about writers;novels about writers;king george iv;edinburgh;lord byron;Robert Burns;Adam Ferguson;Benjamin Disraeli;Robert Peel; Francis Jeffrey;john gibson lockhart

FICTION / Biographical

FICTION / Historical / General

FICTION / World Literature / Scotland / 20th Century


Andrew Bird
320 printed pages
Original publication



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