A Scottish novel which although old was new to me.

I have discovered that the novel I am reading at the moment is Scotland’s favourite novel.  The novel was first published in 1932.  I only happened to be reading it as a result of listening to a podcast of Top shelf on Bookshelf on the ABC.  The author Ryan O’Neill talked about five books, movies or music which were important to him.  He mentioned Sunset Song and how it had an influence on him.  He thought it was the best Scottish novel ever and as it was set in the north of Scotland near Stonehaven and included Scottish vernacular I was interested enough to order it online as it was not available at our local bookstore nor at the library.

A Scot's QuairThe book I bought was called A Scot’s Quair which is the trilogy, beginning with Sunset Song, followed by Cloud Howe and Grey Granite. The author is Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

I have also discovered that a movie based on the book was released this year.

How I discovered that the novel is Scotland’s favourite was through a retweet from Val McDermid on Twitter.

Val McDermid retweetI was interested to look at the long list and find that there were several novels I had read but also many I haven’t.  I will need to put those on my reading list.

I am about 2/3 of the way through Sunset Song and it is kindling many fond memories of my time in the highlands of Scotland.  Well worth a read for those nostalgic for Scotland.


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