250 pages, paperback
One of the most exciting novels ever written, Kidnapped
was first published in 1886. The story is set in eighteenth-century Scotland, and is based around events in the aftermath of the Jacobite Risings.
An adventure story ‘to while away winter evenings’, according to Stevenson, Kidnapped
is also a deeply Romantic, highland novel, in which Stevenson can be seen to firmly reject the more “romanticised”, lowland view prevalent in nineteenth-century Scottish fiction.
The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for Scottish writers who want to further their career in literature
Robert Louis Stevenson - Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850 into a family of engineers. Stevenson inherited a love of the sea and adventure from his father and grandfather, both respected lighthouse designers and engineers. He devoted much of his short adult life to writing, yet only achieved widespread acceptance as a great writer in relatively recent times. Classics such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped have ensured that Stevenson is today the 25th most translated writer in the world.
Despite persistent ill health, Stevenson travelled widely, often writing while abroad. He died in 1894, from tuberculosis, aged just 44.
James Naughtie - James Naughtie is a well known broadcaster, writer and presenter, best known for his role presenting BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He also presents the monthly Bookclub on Radio 4, and writes, reviews and broadcasts widely on literature and opera. He lives in London.