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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

George Douglas Brown’s

Iain Crichton Smith

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1988
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-03-2

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The House with the Green Shutters is a dark, provocative novel, shining a harsh and unforgiving light into the inner recesses of small-town Scotland at the turn of the last century. Written as a response to social change, and as an antidote to the sentimentality of the ‘Kailyard’ school, the author called it “a brutal and bloody work” – although a thread of sly humour runs through the book as well.

Iain Crichton Smith’s Scotnote explores this post-romantic masterpiece through a precise analysis of themes, characters, structure and language, and is ideal for senior school pupils and students.


  • Summary
  • The life of George Douglas Brown
  • Characterisation
  • Structure
  • Language
  • An estimate of the novel
  • Notes
  • For further study
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary

Last updated 19 October 2010.