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! Willy Maley takes us forward on 12 December.
PROFESSOR WILLY MALEY of the University of Glasgow, Literary Critic, editor, teacher and writer
Glasgow’s gone missing on many occasions, whole streets torn away like old wallpaper, a haemorrhaging of houses on an industrial scale that’s left the dear grey place nursing a scarred face. Its losses have been listed and lamented in painstaking detail, from Frank Wordsall’s The City That Disappeared: Glasgow’s Demolished Architecture (1981), through Sean Damer’s Glasgow: Going for a Song (1990), to Carol Foreman’s Lost Glasgow: Glasgow’s Lost Architectural Heritage (2002). The findings of architects and social historians are vital, of course, but a picture paints a thousand words, and Chris Leslie’s wonderful images of an ever-changing cityscape in Disappearing Glasgow: A Photographic Journey (Freight Books, £14.99) take the reader on an unforgettable trip. Leslie’s collaboration with architect Johnny Rodger is a landmark publication. Like Norry Wilson’s ground-breaking online project, “Lost Glasgow”, this beautiful book offers us a glimpse of the world we have lost, and are losing still. Sadly, the publisher of this memorable mapping has also got lost.