Literary Review was founded in Edinburgh in 1979 by Dr Anne Smith, head of the English Department at Edinburgh University. She created a lively, intelligent literary magazine for people who love reading, but hate academic and intellectual jargon. From the start, Literary Review plugged in to the best and most exciting current writing. The reviewers are usually authors themselves, not just critics.
In the 1980s, the new owner, Naim Attallah, secured award-winning journalist Auberon Waugh as editor. For fourteen years Auberon Waugh led the magazine and gave it the high profile it has today. Nancy Sladek, who has been at Literary Review for ten years, is the current Editor. The magazine is recognised as being intelligent, informative, and witty.
It attracts the best writers in the country, many of them experts in their fields. 'This magazine is flush with tight smart writing.' Washington Post 'Literary Review is extremely informative, well-written and altogether enjoyable. It is my favourite monthly magazine.' Muriel Spark 'In Literary Review you find something that has almost vanished from the book pages: its contributors are actually interested in Literature.
' Martin Amis 'I'm always impressed at how successful Literary Review is at recruiting top writers and then getting them to write their best.' John Sutherland 'The best books in history and politics reviewed by people whose independence of mind one respects.