Tara Westover
Hutchinson, £8.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 13, 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 Rosamund de la Hey.


by Tara Westover

A searing, ‘hold your breath’ brilliant memoir of how Tara Westover, despite never attending school, decided, aged 16, to educate herself, ending up with a PHD from Cambridge. This, against the background of her extreme ‘End of Days’ Mormon upbringing in Idaho.

A short review cannot do justice to this remarkable and compassionate story of family, love and learning, you must read it for yourself.


Rosamund de la Hey is the owner of Mainstreet Trading in St Boswells, named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2018. She was President of the Booksellers Association in 2016 and 2017 , and was formerly children’s marketing director at Bloomsbury.

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