Scots writers to look out for this year

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Brian Donaldson on books by notable Scots to look out for this year.

Rhona Cameron
The Naked Drinking Club

Having dipped her toe into the literary pool with her Musselburgh memoir 1979, the stand-up comic and reality TV survivor returns with a fictional tale of a twentysomething Edinburgher getting lost and loaded in Oz. Ebury, 1 Mar.

Iain Banks
The Steep Approach To Garbadale

Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of the bearded icon’s first novel since 2002’s Dead Air. Little, Brown, 1 Mar.

Laura Hird
Dear Laura

Following last year’s short story collection comes this series of letters written to Hird by her late mum, June, when the former Albion Rovers member was away at university. Just in time for Mother’s Day. Canongate, 15 Mar.

AL Kennedy

1940s PoW Alfred Day tries to track down the moment when it all went wrong for him. The stand-up comic returns, quite literally, to her day job and delivers another exploration of the complexities of humankind. Jonathan Cape, 5 Apr.

Ewan Morrison

This self-confessed ‘erudite purveyor of filth’ certainly knows how to create a buzz. With this novel about Glasgow swingers that sound should turn into a veritable cacophony. Jonathan Cape, 5 Apr.

Andrew Marr
A History of Modern Britain

How can it be that the great political visions from the post-war years onwards have been swamped by our insistence on devouring trivia? Just one topic tackled by the respected BBC journalist in this wide-ranging tome. Macmillan, 6 Apr.

Irvine Welsh
If You Liked School, You’ll Love Work

A delightful title for Welsh’s first short story collection since The Acid House with sordid tales of missing dogs, Spanish gangsters and Subbuteo legends. Jonathan Cape, 2 Aug.


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