The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

James Hogg

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (Paperback ISBN 9781786891860) book cover

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The definitive edition of the all-time Scottish novel - an ‘enduring masterpeice’ - introduced by Ian Rankin

It is Scotland in the early eighteenth century. Fear and superstition grip the land. Robert Wringhim, a boy of strict Calvinist upbringing, is corrupted by a shadowy figure who calls himself Gil-Martin. Under his influence Robert commits a series of murders which he regards as ‘justified’ by God under the tenets of his faith.

Hogg’s masterpiece is a brilliant portrayal of the power of evil and a scathing critique of organised religion. Superbly crafted and deftly executed, it resists any easy explanation of events: is this stranger a figment of Robert’s imagination, or the devil himself?

“Hogg’s enduring masterpiece is a triumph and deserves to be read, enjoyed and discussed by a new generation”
Ian Rankin

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“Its atmosphere is unique, its penetration is shocking, and the truthfulness of its account of religious mania is both timeless and timely”
Philip Pullman

“Hogg’s masterpiece is a psychological thriller, a metaphysical puzzle and a theological and philosophical maze all in one … A strange, disturbing obsession of a book”
James Robertson

“A prophet of modernity … the most influential of all Scotland’s novelists … A wonderful storyteller”
Alan Riach
the National

James Hogg

James Hogg (1770-1835) was born near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. From a young age he was determined to be a poet like Burns. He became friends with Walter Scott and in 1810 he went to Edinburgh to seek a literary career. His most well-known work, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, made little impact when it first appeared (anonymously) in 1824, but has since won critical interest and attention as a classic of the Scottish canon. He continued to publish poetry and prose until his death in 1835.