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Top 30 Scottish Authors of All Time!

TOP 30 MUST READ SCOTTISH WRITERS!
Welcome to everyone! Thanks for reading my list of the best Scottish novelists. Historically Scotland has an amazing literary legacy within various styles such as classic poetry that has become synonymous with New Year celebrations to gritty modern thrillers with drug abuse.


I am half Scottish so am always biased towards writers from Scotland. Not many people realise that Scotland has another language, Scots. All of these Scottish book recommendations however are available in English. Well, one isn’t but that’s because it’s a sci-fi written in a version of ‘future Scots’. Enjoy!



TOP 5 CLASSIC SCOTTISH NOVELS!
1.         R.D Low - Oor Wullie & The Broons - 1936
‘Our William & The Browns’, to you English numpties, is the classic comic of Scotland. Jings! Michty me! Braw! Help ma boab!


2.         James Kelman - The Busconductor Hines - 1984
This incredibly dour Scottish novel features the drudgery of a Glasgow bus-conductors life.


3.         Andrew Crumly - Pfitz - 1988
A prince subjects his subjects to creating a fantasy town that only exists in his mind as we follow the disappearance of one of its inhabitants.


4.         Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting - 1993
Choose life. Choose the book.


5.         M Fitt - But ‘n’ Ben A Go Go - 2000
Written in a hypothetical version of new Scots and set in the Highlands after most of the world is under sea, a deadly virus spreads across the remaining land.



TOP 5 SCOTTISH CRIME NOVELS!
1.         Marion Bennett - Time to Change Hats - 1945
On wartime leave, a man gets involved in a mystery involving a famous actress.


2.         William McIlvanney - Remedy is None - 1966
This book features a young man dealing with a pregnancy and a family member’s cancer, from the author of the original tartan noir.


3.         Candia McWilliam - Case of Knives - 1988
A surgeon and friend emotionally torture a young female victim.


4.         Val McDermid - Mermaids Singing - 1995
A criminal profiler must find a serial murderer before they find him.


5.         Louise Welsh - Cutting Room - 2002
An auctioneer finds a deceased’s disturbing buried photos before digging for more details about the dead.



TOP 5 SCOTTISH DRAMA NOVELS!
1.         John Buchan - Prester John - 1910
A man travels from Scotland to SA, meeting a mysterious Zulu minister on the way.


2.         A.G MacDonnell - England, Their England - 1933
A satirical view of England unfolds as a proud Scot is forced to live there.


3.         Bernard MacLaverty - Lamb - 1980
Whilst posing as father and son, a young boy and a man who inherits a large legacy run away to find happiness and love.


4.         Alasdair Gray - Lanark - 1981
This Scottish classic romance has a personal touch and is politically profound.


5.         Laura Hird - Nail - 1997
This collection of Scottish tales is dark and bleak but also humorous in its charm and wit.



TOP 5 SCOTTISH ROMANCE NOVELS!
1.         Janice Galloway - Trick is to Keep Breathing - 1989
A female drama teacher deals with depression and the loss of a lover.


2.         Alan Warner - Morvern Callar - 1995
A supermarket employee’s boyfriend commits suicide so she goes on an adventure with a walkman left by him.


3.         Manda C. Scott - Hens Teeth - 1997
A woman’s lover dies as she finds solace with a chicken friendly scientist.


4.         Jackie Kay - Trumpet - 1998
A widow flocks to Scotland when the press hound her after the death of her jazz playing husband.


5.         Anne Donavan - Buddha Da - 2003
A Glasgow decorator takes up Buddhism which has a catastrophic effect on his family life.



TOP 5 SCOTTISH THRILLER NOVELS!
1.         Muriel Spark - The Comforters - 1957
This multi character meta-literary piece features a grandmother’s baking diamond heist.


2.         Alice Thompson - Justine - 1996
An opium smoking art collector becomes obsessed with a woman in a painting so hunts her only separately meet two identical twins.


3.         Christopher Brookmyre - Quite Ugly One Morning - 1996
This dark comic crime thriller features an unscrupulous investigating journalist.


4.         Michael Faber - Under the Skin - 2000
A feeble woman picks up hunky hitchhikers as they reveal stories about who will miss them in this sexy thriller.


5.         Jenni Fagan - The Panopticon - 2012
A girl is abducted by the police and locked in a prison for experimentation.



TOP 5 SCOTTISH WAR NOVELS!
1. Jane Porter - Thaddeus of Warsaw - 1903
This four volume historical novel is set in 18th Century Poland.


2. Sir Walter Scott - Waverley - 1914
An English soldier is sent to Scotland during the Jacobean rebellion.


3. James Kennaway - Tunes of Glory - 1956
When two feisty men are cooped up in a bunker together, all hell lets loose.


4. George MacDonald Fraser - Flashman - 1969
The biggest b*st*rd in the military defines this 19 Century historical novel.


5. Andrew O’Hagan - Our Fathers - 1999
A revolutionary post WW2 architect suffers a slow decline.




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