Alternative reading list: top 10 Scottish books

A selection of alt.Scottish classics, featuring Iain Banks, Alasdair Gray, Muriel Spark and Jackie Kay

Alternative reading list: top 10 Scottish books

James Hogg – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

A Calvinist convinced of his salvation is led to acts of murder by his devilish doppelgänger.

John Burnside – Black Cat Bone

One of Scotland’s best poetry collections by one of Scotland’s best writers.

Michel Faber – Under the Skin

A lone female scouts the Scottish highlands for muscled men – but why does she want to take them back to the farm?

Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Unconventional teacher Miss Brodie is both terrifying and alluring.

Sir James George Frazer – The Golden Bough

The classic study of religion and mythology – vital for understanding the universal themes in all other stories.

Jackie Kay – Red Dust Road

Kay’s search for her birth parents is funny, thoughtful and deeply moving.

Zoë Strachan – Negative Space

A fierce chronicle of a young woman’s breakdown after her brother’s death.

Edwin Morgan – New Selected Poems

The Big Bang, Marilyn Monroe, a shop burglary on Sauchiehall Street, and some of the most beautiful love poems you’ll ever read.

Iain Banks – The Wasp Factory

Gothic and bizarre happenings on a claustrophobic Scottish island.

Alasdair Gray – Lanark

This playful, imaginative classic explores love in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow.


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