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Sir Walter Scott Special from the Royal Opera House

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 April 2013

Mariella Frostrup presents a special programme from The Royal Opera House on the prolific and influential Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott.

Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771, and followed in his father's footsteps as a lawyer before embarking on a writing career which made him the most important and significant writer of his day.
Despite being credited with creating the historic novel, for his innovative characters and his inspiring portrayals of both Scottish and English life and myths, as well as influencing writers from Dickens to Dumas, his expansive romanticised stories eventually fell out of favour in the 20th century and his literary works were neglected.

Bringing his novels and literary legacy to life are biographer Stuart Kelly, authors Denise Mina and Allan Massie and actor Emun Elliott.

Producer: Andrea Kidd.


    Stuart Kelly


    Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation – Stuart Kelly

    Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited


    Allan Massie


    The Ragged Lion – Allan Massie

    Publisher: Hutchinson


    Denise Mina


    The Garnethill trilogy, "Paddy" Meehan novels, Alex Morrow novels and more – Denise Mina

    Publisher: Orion


    Sir Walter Scott novels




    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

    Guy Mannering

    Rob Roy

    Kenilworth: A Romance


    The Antiquary

    The Tale of Old Mortality


    Publisher: Penguin Classics


    The Bride of Lammermoor

    Anne of Geierstein

    The Fair Maid of Perth


    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press


    The Lady of the Lake – Sir Walter Scott

    Publisher: Amazon

    Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

    Publisher: Delphi Classics


Mariella Frostrup
Andrea Kidd
Interviewed Guest
Stuart Kelly
Interviewed Guest
Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest
Allan Massie
Fiona Couper


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