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! Angie Crawford from Waterstones takes us forward on 4 December.
ANGIE CRAWFORD, Waterstones Scotland
Originally published in hardback last year, The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis has been a triumph for us at Waterstones this year in paperback (Picador, £7.99 pbk), so much so that we have ordered a beautiful exclusive Christmas edition. Paulson-Ellis has a refreshingly original style, and her book brims with intricate, subtle plotting that gently simmers to a satisfying conclusion. The two narratives spanning post-war London and contemporary Edinburgh give us a novel rich in family drama and sophisticated prose tinged with dry humour. A cracking read.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman’s debut novel (HarperCollins, £12.99) blew my mind earlier this year. The eponymous character of Eleanor is a work of sheer genius: I felt that I knew her intimately, like a dear friend. It’s a beautifully written story, with a first person narrative that is both is raw and endearing and an overarching theme of kindness. A real highlight for 2017, and I can’t wait to see what Honeyman writes next.