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Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar – Scottish Review of Books

The Sound of My Voice

Ron Butlin
Polygon £7.99

The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare

Andy Howard
Sandstone Press £24.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 9, 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 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.

Sally Pattle is a bookseller at Far From The Madding Crowd, the award-winning bookshop in Linlithgow, and is the orchestrator of both the Further From Festival and the West Lothian Schools Festival, www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com. Find her on Twitter @FurtherFrom.

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