Favourite Scottish Novels

By Scottish Book Trust

Favourite Scottish Novels

By Scottish Book Trust

New and classic works from some of our favourite writers who have lived and worked in Scotland.

Scotland has always punched well above its weight on the literary scene. 
Buy your favourite book and then sit back with a cuppa and enjoy all that Scottish writing has to offer.

A Place of Execution

Val McDermid

£7.99 £7.59

Author and Scottish Book Trust patron Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages, selling over 15 million copies worldwide. This psychological thriller is McDermid at her best.


Irvine Welsh

£9.99 £9.49

Officially the nation's favourite read, this powerhouse of a story topped our 2013 poll of the best Scottish novels with a staggering 833 votes. Haven't read it yet? You need to.

Lanark: A Life in Four Books

Alasdair Gray

£12.99 £12.34

Alasdair Gray is a prolific Glasgow writer and artist, and Lanark is one of his most famous works. This combination of fantasy and political satire is not to be missed.

Black And Blue: From the iconic #1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

Ian Rankin

£9.99 £9.49

According to our 2013 poll, this is Scotland's third-favourite novel of all time. Ours too!

44 Scotland Street

Alexander McCall Smith

£8.99 £8.54

44 Scotland Street was in the top ten of our 2013 poll to find the nation's favourite book. Alexander McCall Smith said, "I'm pleased that people like Scotland Street. I get great pleasure from writing those books, and will continue to do so.

Under The Skin

Michel Faber

£9.99 £9.49

Dutch by birth, Michel Faber moved to Scotland in 1993, and never left. A compelling mix of science fiction, thriller, mystery and political satire, this genre-defying tale will have you hooked


Jackie Kay

£9.99 £9.49

Ali Smith described Trumpet as 'a novel whose humanism, humour and vision demolish anyone's urge to think they've got the right to decide about, categorize or dismiss other human beings' . Kay's novel is both affecting and important.

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

Janice Galloway

£9.99 £9.49

A raw and challenging portrayal of young drama teacher in the West of Scotland who struggles to make sense of the world around her and relies on alcohol to manage her grief. Once you read it you’ll never forget it.

Another Time, Another Place

Jessie Kesson

£7.99 £7.59

A national treasure whose work has sadly not always received the attention it deserves. Kesson was born in a workhouse in Inverness, before going into domestic service and farmwork as a young adult. She moved to London in 1947, where she wrote novels and over 100 radio plays. In 2009 Scotland's Creative Writing Centre, Moniack Mhor, established the Jessie Keeson Fellowship in honour of her life and work.

The Panopticon

Dr Jenni Fagan

£9.99 £9.49

Author Jenni Fagan was named Scottish writer of the year 2016 by The Glasgow Herald. We think that title is hugely deserved, and were thrilled to name her as one of our Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows in 2018.

The New Confessions: A rich exploration into one man’s life from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart

William Boyd

£9.99 £9.49

Meet John James Todd: Scotsman, auteur, Rousseau-fanatic - and 'subversive element'. A hilarious and heartbreaking read in equal measure.

The Hand That First Held Mine

Maggie O'Farrell

£9.99 £9.49

Edinburgh-based Maggie O'Farrell has a skill for writing rich, textured characters. Lexie Sinclair is one of the most memorable women in fiction we've ever met.

The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh

£8.99 £8.54

A richly gothic tale that explores the dark side of male desire. Author Louise Welsh has been Writer in Residence for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art, and is Honorary President of the Ullapool Book Festival.

Life After Life: The global bestseller, now a major BBC series

Kate Atkinson

£9.99 £9.49

Edinburgh-based Kate Atkinson is a master of her craft, and this time-bending family saga is well deserving of it's 2013 Costa Award win.


William McIlvanney

£9.99 £9.49

A modern classic from the inventor of 'tartan noir'.

The Bridge

Iain Banks

£9.99 £9.49

Legend has it that Banks decided to become a writer at the age of 11. He went on to become a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction, and by his death in 2013 Banks had published 26 novels. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945

Morvern Callar

Alan Warner

£9.99 £9.49

Alan Warner grew up near Oban, where this stark and unflinching story of grief and desire is set. Be sure to catch the film adaptation too, with Samantha Morton in the titular role.

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