The Best Scottish Book of All Time
The classic 20th Century novel, Sunset Song, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, has recently been voted Scotland's favourite book.
The announcement of the Best Scottish Book of All Time was made on 27 August 2005 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. People were able to choose their favourite book out of a published guide of 100 books launched on World Book Day this year (but titles did not have to be from this list - you were able to choose your own too!) Runners up were The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, closely followed by Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting.
The guide itself is edited by Professor Willy Maley of Glasgow University and Brian Donaldson, Books Editor at the List magazine. It presents 100 books by 100 different authors, both past and present, representing the tremendous breadth and depth of Scottish writing throughout the centuries. The selection was drawn from works of continuous prose including fiction and non-fiction titles, both classic and contemporary. There is also an overview of Scottish poetry, drama and the short story, as well as a second list of 100 books "bubbling under" the top 100.
The List Magazine and Orange joined forces again to publish a guide to the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time, in association with Scottish Book Trust.
The guide forms the centrepiece of a national readership campaign (the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever in Scotland) that will run through Scottish Libraries, and all major bookshops. Bookshops have been offering customer discounts on the top 100 titles listed. A free copy of the guide will also be made available to every school in Scotland and a series of author events has been featured in association with festivals across Scotland.
The campaign was backed by BBC Radio Scotland who have been providing coverage throughout the six month period through their arts programming, notably on The Artshow and Cover Stories.
The campaign has also been run in Edinburgh hotels in association with Visit Scotland, Arts & Business and the Scottish Arts Council. It has further highlighted Edinburgh’s status as a literary destination following UNESCO's validation of Edinburgh as a City of Literature.
Did you know?
'An Oidhche Mus Do Sheol Sinn' by Angus Peter Campbell was featured as a past Gaelic book of the month and is one of the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time guide produced by the List magazine, Orange and the Scottish Book Trust.