Stuart Kelly is the literary editor of Scotland on Sunday and a freelance critic and writer.

Kelly was raised in the Scottish Borders and studied English at Balliol College Oxford, gaining a first class degree and a Master of Studies. His works include The Book Of Lost Books: An Incomplete Guide To All The Books You’ll Never Read (2005), Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented A Nation (2010), which was longlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, and The Minister and the Murderer (2018). Kelly writes for The Scotsman, Scotland On Sunday, The Guardian and The Times. In 2016/17 Kelly was president of The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club.