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Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 12, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December. Today's selection is from Hayden Westfield-Bell.

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 11, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick the books that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December. Today's selection is from Harry McGrath.

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 10, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to...

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 9, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to...

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 8, 2018

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to...

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