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 Sally Pattle.
2018 has been a brilliant year for books from Scotland, but a couple of titles really stand out. First, Ron Butlin’s incredible The Sound of My Voice. First published in 1985, this new edition from Polygon has brought it to a new audience and rightly so – a narrative so searing I’m surprised it doesn’t come with its own fire extinguisher. My absolute book of the year however, is The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare by Andy Howard from Sandstone Press. Raising awareness of these beautiful & persecuted creatures couldn’t be more timely and the fact it’s illustrated with Andy’s stunning photographs just makes it even better.