In honour of St Andrew's Day on the 30th November we've picked out some of our favourite Scottish books.
From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions.
The Picador classic edition of Red Dust Road includes an introduction from Nicola Sturgeon.
Poet Kate Clanchy's first novel follows Struan Robertson as he leaves his hometown of Cuik, Scotland, for Hampstead, where he cares for the aforementioned literary giant, Philip Prys. This is a bright book about dark subjects: a tale about kindness and its limits, told with love. Spiked with witty dialogue, and jostling with gleeful, zesty characters, it is a glorious debut novel from an acclaimed writer of poetry, non-fiction, and short stories.
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Born in 1912, Robin Jenkins was named 'the greatest living fiction-writer in Scotland (The Scotsman) before his death, and was awarded the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award in 2002 for an outstanding contribution to Scottish life.
Inspired by Jenkins' own experience as a conscientious objector in the Second World War, this classic of Scottish literature explores the idea of sacrifice, nature and war.
Voted as Scotland's favourite book by way of a public vote in 2005, Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 1932 novel is an examination of the life of a woman growing up in rural Scotland during the early twentieth century.
It would be impossible to forget Robert Burns, Scotland's most celebrated poet. Also check out our list of our favourite Scottish poems, in honour of Burns Night on the 25th January.
'The Poetic Genius of my Country...bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my natal Soil, in my native tongue.'