The Search is on for the Favourite Scottish Book
As part of Book Week Scotland 2013 (25 Nov to 1 Dec), Scottish Book Trust is launching a search for the favourite Scottish Book of the last 50 years.
Members of the public can visit www.bookweekscotland.com to choose from a shortlist of 50 titles compiled by author and literary critic Stuart Kelly in collaboration with Scottish Book Trust. These books have been carefully selected in an attempt to reflect the depth and breadth of the journey Scottish writing has taken over the last half century.
Commenting on the compilation process, Stuart Kelly said, “Choosing only fifty books from the last fifty years – half a century which has seen major innovations and developments in the Scottish novel – was never going to be uncontroversial. I am grateful to colleagues at Scottish Book Trust for their assistance in compiling this list, which, I think, combines the well known with the idiosyncratic, the famous and the unjustly forgotten and which will hopefully help readers discover new possible favourites and revisit existing ones.”
Titles to choose from include modern favourites such as Iain Banks’ The Bridge, Ali Smith’s Hotel World and Christopher Brookmyre’s One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night. Also up for nomination is Kate Atkinson’s recent novel Life after Life, which was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction earlier this year. Crime fiction, one of Scotland’s best loved genres, is well represented, with Denise Mina’s Garnet Hill and The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh both making the shortlist, as well as Ian Rankin’s groundbreaking Black and Blue.
Marc Lambert, Chief Executive of Scottish Book Trust, said:
“Book Week Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for a national conversation about books. What we are keen to find out, from the public discussion and voting this list stimulates, is whether the authors who are old favourites – Alasdair Gray, Muriel Spark – will stay the course, or whether other more recent writers have come to resonate more strongly with Scottish readers.”