And the Land Lay Still is the sweeping Scottish epic by James Robertson. And the Land Lay Still is nothing less than the story of a nation. James Robertson's breathtaking novel is a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country in the throes of great and rapid change. It is a moving, sweeping story of family, friendship, struggle and hope - epic in every sense. The winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 2010, And the Land Lay Still is a masterful insight into Scotland's history in the twentieth century and a moving, beautifully written novel of intertwined stories. Toweringly ambitious, virtually flawlessly realized, a masterpiece and, without a doubt, my book of the year . ( Daily Mail ). A jam-packed, dizzying piece of fiction . ( Scotland on Sunday ). Gripping, vivid, beautifully realized . ( The Times ). Engrossing . ( Daily Telegraph ). Powerful and moving. A brilliant and multifaceted saga of Scottish life in the second half of the twentieth century . ( Sunday Times ). Brilliant and thoughtful. Eminently readable, subtle and profound . ( Independent on Sunday ). Bold, discursive and deep, Robertson's sweeping history of life and politics in 20th-century Scotland should not be ignored . (Ian Rankin, Observer Books of the Year ). James Robertson is the author of three previous novels: The Fanatic , Joseph Knight and The Testament of Gideon Mack , which is available in Penguin. Joseph Knight was awarded the two major Scottish literary awards in 20034 - the Saltire Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year - and The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, picked by Richard and Judy's Book Club, and shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award.