Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves

Rachel Malik
Penguin £8.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 2, 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 throughoutDecember — 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 Alistair Moffat.

The outstanding read of 2018 for me was Rachel Malik’s Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves, the story of two women from the 1940s to the 1960s, their lives on the land and with each other. Tender, sometimes astonishing, always riveting, I simply loved this novel. It was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and for that reason I had the joy of reading it twice. A stunning debut novel.

Alistair Moffat, is an author, director of the Borders Book Festival, co-chairman of the Great Tapestry of Scotland and chairman of the Walter Scott Prize jury.

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