Join Kirstin Innes as she chats to three Scottish novelists who have shone a light on the complexities of masculine identity, offering parallel lives from Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow. Andrew O’Hagan’s Mayflies made headlines last year for its sensitive and honest portrayal of male friendship, whilst Graeme Armstrong’s The Young Team draws on its author’s own experience coming of age amidst gang culture and sectarian violence. Douglas Stuart’s Booker-winning Shuggie Bain won hearts with its portrayal of young Shuggie and his mother Agnes, struggling to get by in the schemes and coming to terms with his sexual identity. Register for event tickets here
Kirstin Innes£12.99 £12.08
Kirstin Innes£8.99 £8.36
Douglas Stuart£14.99 £13.94
Graeme Armstrong£14.99 £13.94
Andrew O'Hagan£14.99 £13.94
Andrew O'Hagan£8.99 £8.36
Jenni Fagan£9.99 £9.29
Graeme Armstrong: A tough and claustrophobic exploration of horror and hope in Scotland's care system inspired by Jenni’s lived experience. I studied this in university and still love it. Jenni is unstoppable.
Kerry Hudson£8.99 £8.36
Graeme Armstrong: We shared hometowns of Airdrie and Coatbridge, both featured in this debut novel. Her powerful dedication in fighting for social justice is inspirational to many, including myself. Kerry is a queen. End. Of.
Jessie Kesson£7.99 £7.43
Graeme Armstrong: One of the first instalments in the rich (and tragic) tapestry of Scottish social realism works which explores a young girl’s experience of poverty in 1920s Elgin. This novel is also written from the authors lived experience.
David Keenan£9.99 £9.29
Graeme Armstrong: Another down the rabbit-hole journey into my home town of Airdrie. Rather than gang warfare - it deals with the late70s early eighties 80s cultural landscape of punk bands and random chaos. As with any rendering of the badlands that are North Lanarkshire, it’s both death warrant and love letter, and swings between inertia and exodus. A modest work of genius.
Gabriel Krauze£14.99 £13.94
Graeme Armstrong: This Booker long-listed exploration into North West London’s violent gang culture blew me away. We witness a growing realisation of Snoopz, Mr Hyde to Krauze’s Dr Jeckyll, that there may be something beyond. Expect point blank auto-fiction. Kilburn's sprawling tower blocks, street robbery, drug dealing, Mac-10 machine guns; it’s the literary Top Boy.