Julian is a Mermaid

Jessica Love
Walker Books, £11.99

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me

Bill Hayes
Bloomsbury £9.99

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death

Maggie O'Farrell
Headline, £8.99

Oi Duck-billed Platypus!

Kes Gray
Hachette, £12.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 19, 2018 | by SRB


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 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December — so keep reading for great ideas about what to read next and visit your nearest high street bookshop to purchase your Christmas gifts! Today’s selection is from Marie Moser at the Edinburgh Bookshop.

Our absolute favourites this year are:

Julian is a Mermaid

By Jessica Love

Beautiful illustrations in a whimsical tale about being different.

At this year’s EIBF many Illustrators of Children’s books confessed to having bought prints of the artwork – as have I.

Insomniac City

By Bill Hayes

An amazing book about grief, unexpected love in later life, insomnia, New York and the polymath that was Oliver Sacks.

The writing is beautiful and it is an incredible life-affirming read.

I am, I am, I am

By Maggie O’Farrell

Possibly some of the crispest writing Ms O’Farrell has ever published.

A moving reminder that death is never far away from our daily lives.  Surprisingly uplifting and, occasionally, quite shocking

Oi! Duck-billed Platypus

By Kes Gray

The forth book in the Oi! series – and it does not disappoint.

How will the rhyming frog cope when faced with a group of animals whose names simply don’t rhyme?


Marie Moser is the owner of The Edinburgh Bookshop, which was awarded Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year 2018.

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