We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2017. There will be new selections every day until 21 December — so keep reading for great ideas about what to read next and visit your nearest high street bookshop to purchase your Christmas gifts! Bob McDevitt takes us forward on 11 December.
BOB McDEVITT, Aye Write Festival director
I first saw Darren McGarvey perform a couple of years ago at the Edinburgh book festival as the rapper ‘Loki’. He returned there this year with his first book Poverty Safari (Luath, £7.99) sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes funny but always thought-provoking mix of his own life story (and that of his family and neighbours) and a forensic look at the causes, effects and experience of poverty. It is brutally frank in places, very angry and very hard to disagree with. It’s an impressive piece of work with a powerful, consistent voice and a potent sense of justice. The chapters of the book are named for classic works of literature (including many fine Scottish novels) and a sense of the power language can have for good and evil is woven throughout.