I started out as an editor with W & R Chambers, godfathers of English dictionaries, but was lured into newspapers with the promise of free novels. I was literary editor at Scotland on Sunday for several years before joining The Herald. E-books have yet to encroach on my desk, but every other kind has so that, 10 years on, it resembles a broch.
As is soon apparent, however, it might equally have been titled On The Road because, as Kennedy's regular updates on her literary life demonstrate, the modern writer's career is not unlike that of a door-to-door salesman. Good for one's geography it might be; peaceful and static it ain't. Quite where she finds the time and energy to write is only one of the mysteries behind this chatty and discursive series of pieces.