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Authors Of The
Best Scottish Books

Kate Atkinson
R. M. Ballantyne
Iain Banks
John Barbour
J M Barrie
Bella Bathurst
Lillian Beckwith
Chaim Bermant
James Boswell
Jimmy Boyle
James Bridie
Christopher Brookmyre
George Douglas Brown
George MacKay Brown
John Buchan
Robert Burns
John Burnside
Lord Byron
Angus Peter Campbell
Thomas Carlyle
Catherine Carswell
Joe Corrie
S R Crockett
A J Cronin
Helen Cruickshank
Daniel Defoe
Isla Dewar
Des Dillon
Anne Donovan
Arthur Conan Doyle
Joseph Conrad
William Dunbar
Jane Duncan
Dorothy Dunnett
Margaret Elphinstone
Michel Faber
Robert Fergusson
Anne Fine
Matthew Fitt
Ronald Frame
Antonia Fraser
James Frazer
George Friel
Janice Galloway
John Galt
Robert Garioch
Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Kenneth Grahame
Alasdair Gray
Andrew Greig
Neil Gunn
Robert Henryson
Archie Hind
Laura Hird
James Hogg
David Hume
Violet Jacob
Robert Alan Jamieson
Quintin Jardine
Robin Jenkins
Jackie Kay
James Kelman
James Kennaway
A L Kennedy
Jessie Kesson
Frank Kuppner
Andrew Lang
R D Laing
Frederic Lindsay
Eric Linklater
Liz Lochhead
John Gibson Lockhart
Fionn Mac Colla
Hugh MacDiarmid
Finlay J. Macdonald
Patrick MacGill
William McIlvanney
Duncan Ban Macintyre
Bernard MacLaverty
Compton Mackenzie
Henry Mackenzie
Ian Maclaren
Alistair MacLean
Fitzroy Maclean
Sorley MacLean
Stuart McHardy
Robert McLellan
Gavin Maxwell
Hugh Miller
Denise Mina
Naomi Mitchison
Nancy Brysson Morrison
Edwin Muir
Willa Muir
Neil Munro
Tom Nairn
Andrew O'Hagan
Margaret Oliphant
Agnes Owens
John Prebble
Allan Ramsay
Ian Rankin
J.K. Rowling
Christopher Rush
Suhayl Saadi
Sir Walter Scott
Nan Shepherd
Adam Smith
Alexander McCall Smith
Ali Smith
Iain Crichton Smith
Sydney Goodsir Smith
Tobias George Smollett
Alan Spence
William Soutar
Muriel Spark
Robert Louis Stevenson
Luke Sutherland
Annie S Swan
Robert Tannahill
Jeff Torrington
Nigel Tranter
Alexander Trocchi
Maurice Walsh
Alan Warner
Irvine Welsh
Louise Welsh


Scottish Authors and Authors who have written
about the Scottish landscape and culture.

Whisky GaloreWhisky Galore Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.The hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish islands.Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the 50,000-bottle cargo of the shipwrecked S.S. Cabinet Minister brings salvation - in its most giddily intoxicating form.

Buddha Da Anne Marie's Da, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So when he first takes up meditation at the Buddhist Centre, no one takes him seriously (especially when his pursuit of the new lama ends in a trip round the Carmunnock bypass). But as Jimmy becomes more involved in a search for the spiritual, his beliefs start to come into conflict with the needs of his wife, Liz. Cracks appear in their apparently happy family life, and the ensuing events change the lives of each family member.

44 Scotland Street Alexander McCall Smith tackles issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.

Electric BraeElectric Brae At the centre of the novel is the crumbling seastack of the Old Man of Hoy and the consuming relationship between a young artist, Kim, coldly passionate, talented, secretive, and Jimmy, a North Sea roughneck, engineer and climber. It deals with the possibility of friendship between men and women.

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and... This work provides a thesis based on the idea that man progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought. It discusses fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat and many other symbols and practices.

Interrogation of SilenceInterrogation of Silence: The Writings... George Mackay Brown. George Mackay Brown is a precise, poetic and dazzling writer. A wonderful introduction to his work.

The Gowk Storm (Canongate Classics) Oddballs, tinks, heidbangers, saints, keelies, nutters, philosophers and freaks. These apparently marginal lives are not only interesting in their own right but often tell us more about the mores of a country or a time than the lives of its better known citizens

Crowdie and Cream and Other Stories By Finlay J. Macdonald. An absorbing account of adolescence on the western islands of Scotland.

Imagined Selves: "Imagined Corners",... This is a collection of the fiction and non-fiction of Willa Muir, wife to the famous poet Edwin Muir. Much of the writing features an autobiographical element which is sometimes difficult to separate from the fictional content.

The Hills Is LonelyThe Hills Is Lonely Lillian Beckwith's account of her stay on Bruach has hardly been out of print since it first appeared in 1957. Read it and you will understand why. Re-live her experiences of the market day punch-up, the attempt to tow some cows from an even more remote island in a small rowing boat behind a rickety fishing boat and, above all, the funeral of Ian Mor. I laughed out loud.

Morvern Callar Warner's narrarive style draws heavily on the style in which real life Highlanders tell each other tales of the week's wildness when they meet up down the pub. We call this telling one another 'stories'.

The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Penguin... She was a schoolmistress with a difference. Proud, cultured, romantic, her ideas were progressive, even shocking. And when she decided to transform a group of young girls under her tutelage into the "creme de la creme" of Marcia Blaine school, no one could have predicted the outcome.

A Glasgow Trilogy: "Boy Who Wanted... Dealing with universal themes such as happiness and grief, work and unemployment, young love and marriage, and despair and hope, this series of books all focus on Glasgow.

The Vital SparkThe Vital Spark: The Illustrated Para... Handy. The hilarious exploits of Para Handy and his crew - beloved by readers since Neil Munro first set them loose on an unsuspecting public all those years ago - are now part of Scotland's genetic make-up. But despite the tales of the Master Mariner, Dougie the Mate, Macphail the Engineer, Sunny Jim and The Tar being in print for almost a century, never before have they received such remarkable treatment.

The Shipbuilders As the last ship on the yard's books goes down the slipway, the future looks desperately bleak for Pagan's, a proud and long-established Clydeside shipyard struggling to survive during the Great Depression. This novel focuses on the experiences of two men whose lives are irrevocably changed by the yard's closure.

The Cone-gatherersThe Cone-gatherers The Cone-Gatherers is set in the middle of World War II on a country estate in Scotland. The estate's wood is to be cut down soon to provide wood for the war effort, and two men have been sent into the wood by the forestry service to collect cones for seed. The men are brothers, and the younger is a simple-minded but very empathetic hunchback with "a face like Lord Byron". Through no fault of their own, the brothers acquire the irrational hatred of the estate's gamekeeper. The wood, itself lying under the shadow of ruin, quickly becomes a dangerous and mysterious setting in which the problem of evil plays out to tragedy.

Scottish JourneyScottish Journey: A Modern Classic First published in 1935, this is an account of Edwin Muir's journey around Scotland, from Edinburgh to the Lowlands, Glasgow and the Highlands. Not just a piece of travel writing, it is also a quest for the real nature of Scottish identity.

Under Brinkie's BraeUnder Brinkie's Brae For many years George Mackay Brown wrote a weekly column in The Orcadian, and this book is the second of three selections from the column which have been published in book form, the others being 'Letters from Hamnavoe' and 'Rockpools and Daffodils'. 'Under Brinkie's Brae' was published in hardback in 1979, and this is the first paperback edition to appear.
These selections from George Mackay Brown's long-running column offer more of his honest opinions, perceptive descriptions and evocative writing. Managing to be both matter-of-fact and highly individual, they are a breath of fresh air from Orkney.

Literary Britain and IrelandLiterary Britain and Ireland Britain's counties are rich in associations with writers past and present. In 10 region-by-region chapters, "Literary Britain and Ireland" features sites connected with every branch of literature, including sacred writings, humorous stories, children's novels, poetry, plays and all types of fiction. The book is a treasure trove of information, revealing the birthplaces, homes, schools, workplaces and inspirations of writers from Robert Louis Stevenson and William Wordsworth to Roddy Doyle and J.K. Rowling. Jane Struthers provides a lively commentary on each region, from Northern Scotland through England and Wales and across the Irish Sea, the land is littered with literary geniuses. Each chapter is accompanied by a full-colour map and Chris Coe's fabulous photography.

Writers Guide To BritainA Reader's Guide to Writers' Britain Tours the places that capture the minds of our most enduring and popular literary figures and the landscapes in whic their characters walked. Both a wonderful bedside companion and essential travel guide, this book is filled with over 600 pictures, maps and a gazetteer of museums and house open to the public.

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