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Robin Robertson - Author

About the Author

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His first collection won a number of prizes, including the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. He recently received the 2004 E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of twenty Next Generation poets.

Featured books by Robin Robertson

The Long Take

The Long Take

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018** Winner of The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018 'A beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring' John Banville, Guardian A noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry, The Long Take is one of the most remarkable - and unclassifiable - books of recent years. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, classic movies made clear - the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties. While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it - yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself. Robin Robertson's The Long Take is a work of thrilling originality.

Hill of Doors

Hill of Doors

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg -- heading, as usual, towards calamity -- and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions. Threaded through these are a series of pieces about the poet's childhood on the north-east coast, his fascination with the sea and the islands of Scotland. However, the reader will also discover a distinct new note in Robertson's austere but ravishing poetry: towards the possibility of contentment -- a house, a door, a key -- finding, at last, a 'happiness of the hand and heart'.

The Wrecking Light

The Wrecking Light

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2010

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2010.Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "A rich, myth-drenched collection of poems from the dark side of life that perform beautiful surgery on the human heart."   Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2010.   The Poetry Book Society view... “I am almost never there, in these / old photographs” begins ‘Album’, the first poem in Robin Robertson’s fourth collection of poetry, The Wrecking Light, though the poet’s shadow and ghost proceeds to cross and re-cross familiar concerns and territorial haunts in this new work. The lyric voice here is as implacable and uncompromising as we’ve come to expect, though Robertson really notices things and is a formidable renderer of the concrete and sensual.It should also be acknowledged that this book – indeed, all of his books – benefit from his sense of trajectory and organisation: here, in The Wrecking Light, three figures for water arrange the poems into a tripartite structure. This new collection also demonstrates great formal range, exhibiting short lyrics and longer narratives, encompassing domesticity but also its disintegration, and the allure of wilder places, able to draw deeply on every stage of a life lived but also willing - as we’ve seen so convincingly before - to work in a mythological framework.

Other books by Robin Robertson

The Long Take: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

The Long Take: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2022

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, winner of the Goldsmiths Prize, The Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. 'A beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring' John Banville, Guardian A noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry, The Long Take is one of the most remarkable - and unclassifiable - books of recent years. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, classic movies made clear - the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties. While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it - yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself. Robin Robertson's The Long Take is a work of thrilling originality.

The Plant-Based Slow Cooker

The Plant-Based Slow Cooker

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/2020

This revised and updated edition of the best-selling cookbook Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker-now with a plant-based focus-offers 225 extremely convenient, delicious, and completely plant-based recipes for everyone's favorite cooking machine. In this inventive cookbook filled with enticing ingredients and flavors, veteran chef, cooking teacher, and acclaimed vegan cookbook author Robin Robertson shares her expertise on the creative use of slow cookers. Fresh from the Plant-Based Slow Cooker includes 17 new recipes throughout eleven recipe chapters, four of which focus on main courses. There are homey and comforting foods in the American and European style, such as a Rustic Pot Pie Topped with Chive Biscuits and a Ziti with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Ragu, and there are many East Asian, South and Southeast Asian, and Mexican/Latin dishes, too. Beans, which cook slowly under any circumstance, are fabulously well-suited to the slow cooker, and Robin includes such appealing recipes as a Crockery Cassoulet and a Greek-Style Beans with Tomatoes and Spinach. Over 20 recipes for robust chilis and stews include a warming Chipotle Black Bean Chili with Winter Squash and a surprising but yummy Seitan Stroganoff. Beyond the mains, there are chapters devoted to snacks and appetizers, desserts, breads and breakfasts, and even one on drinks. The many soy-free and gluten-free recipes are clearly identified. Fresh from the Plant-Based Slow-Cooker also provides practical guidance on how to work with different models of slow-cookers, taking into account the sizes of various machines, the variety of settings they offer, and the quirks and personalities of each device. Robin addresses any lingering skepticism readers may have about whether slow cookers can have delicious, meat-free applications, and she shows how to take into account the water content of vegetables and the absorptive qualities of grains when plant-based slow-cooking. Altogether, this new edition offers you an abundance of ways to expand your plant-based repertoire and to get maximum value from your investment in a slow cooker.

Grimoire

Grimoire

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2020 'I've long admired Robin Robertson's narrative gift . . . If you love stories, you will love this book.' Val McDermid The new book from the author of The Long Take, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of both the Walter Scott Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize. Like some lost chapters from the Celtic folk tradition, Grimoire tells stories of ordinary people caught up, suddenly, in the extraordinary: tales of violence, madness and retribution, of second sight, witches, ghosts, selkies, changelings and doubles, all bound within a larger mythology, narrated by a doomed shape-changer - a man, beast or god. A grimoire is a manual for invoking spirits. Here, Robin Robertson and his brother Tim Robertson - whose accompanying images are as unforgettable as cave-paintings - raise strange new forms which speak not only of the potency of our myths and superstitions, but how they were used to balance and explain the world and its predicaments. From one of our most powerful lyric poets, this is a book of curses and visions, gifts both desired and unwelcome, characters on the cusp of their transformation - whether women seeking revenge or saving their broken children, or men trying to save themselves. Haunting and elemental, Grimoire is full of the same charged beauty as the Scottish landscape - a beauty that can switch, with a mere change in the weather, to hostility and terror.

The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook

The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2020

In this sumptuous and authoritative cookbook full of delectable protein-packed recipes, best-selling vegan author Robin Robertson shatters the stubborn myth that it's hard to get enough protein on a plant-based diet. Robin serves up more than 85 fantastic recipes that deliver ample amounts of entirely plant-based protein, along with a host of other nutrients and a whole lot of big, bold, substantial flavors that anyone, vegan or not, can enjoy. From snacks and appetizers like Roasted Smoky Chickpeas, in which tamari and chickpeas are the main protein sources, and Baked Tofu with Peanut Sauce, where peanuts and tofu deliver a big protein punch, through delicious soups, stews, salads, and sides, and on to dozens of robust main courses like Jambalaya Red Beans and Rice, Indonesian Noodles with Tempeh, and White Bean Cassoulet, The Plant Protein Revolution Cookbook packs loads of tasty nutrients onto every page. Chapters on plant-protein-rich breakfasts, sandwiches, and sweets and treats make this a book you can use all day, any day. Whether you are a vegan wondering where your protein will come from or an omnivore who wants to eat meatless on occasion but needs to know you're getting plenty of protein, this enticing book deliciously delivers all the recipes you need.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2019

Who says vegans can't have macaroni and cheese? In this inspiring volume by best-selling vegan author Robin Robertson, you will find more than 50 awesome plant-based recipes for deeply flavorful dishes that take this timeless comfort food in exciting new directions. Like most people, chances are you've eaten a lot of macaroni and cheese in your life. If you're new to a plant-based diet, you might be wondering if you can still enjoy this comforting meal. You'll be happy to know the answer is Yes! Robin shows you how to make what she calls Mac Uncheese-rich, delectable pasta dishes featuring vegan cheese sauces that start with plant milks, vegetables, and nuts as their base ingredients. Using these sauces-or, if you prefer, using store-bought vegan cheese-you can make many tempting variants of the cheesy pasta dish, from the familiar and homey, such as Mom's Classic Mac UnCheese, to the globally adventuresome, such as Indian Curry Mac or Salsa Mac and Queso. An entire chapter is devoted to veggie-loaded mac and cheese dishes, like Buffalo Cauliflower Mac, Arugula Pesto Mac UnCheese, or Smoky Mac and Peas with Mushroom Bacon. Another chapter serves up meatless mac and cheeses made meaty with lentils, jackfruit, mushrooms, and more. And, for delicious fun, there are recipes for Mac and Cheese Balls, Mac 'n' Cheese Pizza, Waffled Mac and Cheese, and Cheesy Mac Muffins. In addition to the recipes, Vegan Mac and Cheese features lists of toppings, add-ins, and other ways to be creative with these plant-based mac and cheese recipes, which will warm your soul all year long.

Jungian Archetypes

Jungian Archetypes

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2016

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Pythagoras taught that the simple counting numbers are the basic building blocks of reality. A century and a half later, Plato argued that the world we live in is but a poor copy of the world of ideas. Neither realized that their numbers and ideas might also be the most basic components of the human psych: archetypes. This book traces the modern evolution of this idea from the Renaissance to the 20th century, leading up to the archetypal hypothesis of psychologist C. G. Jung, and the mirroring of mathematical ideas of Kurt Goedel.

Jungian Archetypes

Jungian Archetypes

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/06/2016

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Pythagoras taught that the simple counting numbers are the basic building blocks of reality. A century and a half later, Plato argued that the world we live in is but a poor copy of the world of ideas. Neither realized that their numbers and ideas might also be the most basic components of the human psych: archetypes. This book traces the modern evolution of this idea from the Renaissance to the 20th century, leading up to the archetypal hypothesis of psychologist C. G. Jung, and the mirroring of mathematical ideas of Kurt Gdel.

Sailing the Forest

Sailing the Forest

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Sailing the Forest, Robin Robertson's Selected Poems, is the definitive guide to one of the most important poetic voices to have emerged from the UK in the last twenty-five years. Robertson's lyrical, brooding, dark and often ravishingly beautiful verse has seen him win almost every major poetry award; readers on both sides of the Atlantic have delighted in his preternaturally accurate ear and eye, and his utterly distinctive way with everything from the love poem to the macabre narrative. This book is both an ideal introduction to a necessary poet, and a fine summary of the great range and depth of Robertson's work to date.

Vegan Planet, Revised Edition

Vegan Planet, Revised Edition

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2014

When it first appeared in 2003, Vegan Planet revolutionized animal-free cooking. Robin Robertson's pioneering book played a leading role in the passage of veganism from subculture to mainstream culinary lifestyle. Its breadth and variety of fantastically flavorful food not only gave vegans what they craved, it gave them food they could serve up happily to their non-vegan family members and friends. One decade and more than 100,000 copies later, this important classic is back in a thoroughly revised edition. Vegan cookbooks are big sellers today, but in a thicket of topical and niche titles there's a need for an everyday cooking bible on which vegan cooks can rely. The new Vegan Planet meets that need handsomely. Robertson's extensive updates cover such things as: the newly expanded range of whole grains that are available; super greens, such as kale and chard, that are rising in popularity; new facts concerning which cooking oils are healthiest and most earth-friendly; and new saucing and flavoring ideas from the global pantry. Throughout, there's the spirit of adventure and of culinary creativity that has cemented Robertson's reputation at the top of the vegan pantheon.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2012

Robin Robertson has built a publishing record of successful books in the vegetarian/vegan category. Her earlier cookbook, Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, established her bona fides as an expert on the creative use of slow-cookers, and her entire body of work speaks to her ingenuity in the kitchen and the breadth of enticing ingredients and flavors with which she works. Fresh from the Vegan Slow-Cooker provides practical guidence on how to work with different models of slow-cookers, taking into account the sizes of various machines, the variety of settings they offer, and the quirks and personalities of each device. She addresses any lingering skepticism readers may have about whether slow-cookers can have delicious, meat-free applications, and she shows how to take into account the water content of vegetables and the absorptive qualities of grains when vegan slow-cooking. Fresh from the Vegan Slow-Cooker includes eleven recipe chapters, four of which focus on main courses. There are homey and comforting foods in the American and European style, such as a Rustic Pot Pie Topped with Chive Biscuits and a Ziti with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Ragu, and there are lots of East Asian, South and Southeast Asian, and Mexican/Latin dishes, too. Beans, which cook slowly under any circumstance, are fabulously well-suited to the slow cooker, and Robertson includes such appealing recipes as a Crockery Cassoulet and a Greek-Style Beans with Tomatoes and Spinach. Eighteen robust chilis and stews - two more categories that do well in the slow-cooker - include a warming Chipotle Black Bean Chili with Winter Squash and a surprising but yummy Seitan Stroganoff. Beyond the mains, there are chapters devoted to snacks and appetizers, desserts, breads and breakfasts, and even one on drinks. The many soy-free and gluten-free recipes are clearly identified. Altogether, the collection offers readers loads of ways to expand their vegan repertoire and to get maximum value from their investment in a slow-cooker.

Shadow'S Gift

Shadow'S Gift

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Carb Conscious Vegetarian

Carb Conscious Vegetarian

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2005

The low-carb revolution continues to take the nation by storm. But the heavy emphasis these diets place on meats leaves vegetarians in the lurch. Now, acclaimed cookbook author, Robin Robertson offers 150 fabulous carb-conscious vegetarian recipes - meat and dairy-free dishes that banish refined carbohydrates, and bring out the best flavors from vegetables and other vegetarian ingredients. Within these pages are 150 dishes that are simple to prepare, yet offer the full rich flavors of more complicated fare. The delightful appetizers and main courses include lettuce-wrapped spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce, mushrooms stuffed with spinach and pine nuts, Moroccan vegetable tagine, and fennel and artichoke gratin with three-herb white bean pesto. Sensational stews, salads, soups, sauces, sides, and scrumptious good-for-you desserts round out the mix. At last, there's a delectably enlightened way for vegetarians - and the millions of other health-conscious individuals who want to up their fiber, and reduce their cholesterol - to reap all the benefits of a carb- conscious lifestyle.

Mining the Soul

Mining the Soul

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2004

Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

Beginner's Guide to Jungian Psychology

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/07/2004

"e;A clear and concise statement of Jung's psychlogy in a fresh and invigorating way . . . unique contributions to Jungian psychology from the point of view of science and the very latest in scientific research."e; --John A. Sanford, Jungian analyst.

A Painted Field

A Painted Field

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2004

This prize-winning first collection introduced one of the most powerful and original new voices to come out of Scotland. In language both dense and resonant, grave and lyrical, these poems are concerned, in the end, with the fugitive nature of things: the implacable coupling of desire and sadness, beauty and loss. 'A superb debut . . . darkly chiselled poems haunted by mortality and the fragility of life's pleasures' Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

Slow Air

Slow Air

Author: Robin Robertson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2002

A Painted Field - Robin Robertson's first collection - was published in 1997 to unanimous acclaim. In language both sensuous and coolly forthright, the poems in Slow Air describe the arc of loss, the search for grace, and the radiances and shadows of the natural world - the work pitching its embattled romanticism, its lyric weight, against fear, grief and erasure. Praise for A Painted Field 'A superb debut . . . darkly chiselled poems haunted by mortality and the fragility of life's pleasures' Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday Times Books of the Year 'The best new poet in Britain is Robin Robertson' Andrew O'Hagan, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 'A poetic voice of quiet yet charged maturity: lyrical and complex, transparent and gravid, it can treat both the public theme and the intensely personal with the same serenely wrought fire' William Boyd, Scotsman Books of the Year 'Robin Robertson is a master of the poetic line; this is wonderful work, at once muscular and delicate, ringing with a plangent, bitter music. A marvellous debut' John Banville