James Robertson

Writer James Robertson
James Robertson

Scottish author James Robertson was born in Kent, England, in 1958. He grew up in Stirlingshire and was educated at Edinburgh University, where he studied history.

The Testament of Gideon Mack is the third of five novels that he has had published over a period of 25 years. Each novel is greatly inspired by Scottish culture, politics, society and history:

  • The Fanatic - focuses on the Scottish Covenanters and witch trials in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Knight - based upon Scotland’s role in the 18th Century Atlantic slave trade.
  • The Testament of Gideon Mack - influenced by Scottish myths and folklore and the changing relationship with the Church of Scotland
  • And the Land Lay Still - covers major transformations that have taken place in Scottish society over the past 60 years
  • The Professor of Truth - looks at the aftermath of the Lockerbie Bombing which took place in December 1988 and caused the deaths of 270 people