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Publication Date
01 October 2010
Out of Print – available as an eBook
Out of Print – available as an eBook
Birlinn Limited


Against The Odds
by David Torrance - Find out more about the author


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'Leaves the reader with the unavoidable impression that Salmond is a uniquely talented politician' Total Politics

'A masterful work with intricate research' Dorothy-Grace Elder, Scottish Review

‘Well researched, richly detailed and mostly even-handed' Times Literary Supplement

Alex Salmond is well known in Scotland, the UK and beyond as the leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland’s First Minister, but relatively little is understood about Salmond as a human being, what makes him a Nationalist, what shaped his political views, and what sort of country he believes an independent Scotland can be.

In this first biography, with which close colleagues and friends have co-operated, the acclaimed political biographer David Torrance turns his attention to perhaps one of the most capable and interesting politicians Scotland has produced in the last few decades. Utilising a raft of published and unpublished material, Torrance charts the life and career of Alex Salmond from his schooldays, his political activism at St Andrews University, his early career at the Royal Bank of Scotland, his election as the MP for Banff and Buchan and, in greater depth than ever before, his two spells as leader of the SNP and, from 2007, as First Minister of Scotland.

David Torrance was born and brought up in Edinburgh and educated at Leith Academy, Aberdeen University and Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. He was formerly political reporter for STV and is now a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster. He lives in Edinburgh.