Soho

Richard Scott
Faber, £10.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 23, 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 Tim Craven.

The book that burned itself most thoroughly into my year was Richard Scott’s debut poetry collection, Soho. The virtuoso deployment of metaphor, the sweep of vocabulary and the luminescence of the images are what absorbed me initially, but what has refused to leave is the book’s sustained, brutal honesty. Scott unfolds gay identity along the axes of shame and celebration, love and lust, vulnerability and belonging with nuance and delicious carnal realism.

Tim Craven participated in the Emerging Critics programme in 2017. He is currently the writer-in-residence at the Isle of Harris distillery and has a pamphlet coming out with Tapsalteerie Press next year. More info at timcraven.co.uk. On Twitter: @craventim

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