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! David Robinson takes us forward on 7 December.
DAVID ROBINSON, Literary critic, author
It’s a small subject, you might think, searching out the snows that last deepest into a Scottish summer: small, quixotic, and one in which the reader’s interest would quickly melt away. Yet Christopher Nicholson’s Among the Summer Snows (September, £14.99) touches on the death, love, and the beauty of the natural world at one and the same time and in a way that is all the more powerful for its restraint.
Nicholson had begun his project ten years ago, but abandoned it when his late wife Kitty (an excellent botanic artist: check out wwww.catharinenicholson.com) fell ill. Her last drawings were all about decay and regeneration. Death and life. Snow sintering into ice, melting into soil, growing into life and the dance we’re too briefly part of. Nicholson catches its sad, beautiful vivacity superbly.
David Robinson is the author of In Cold Ink.