Vote for Scotland’s Favourite Book


Readers are being asked to nominate their favourite book by a Scottish author as part of the BBC’s Love to Read campaign.

As part of the BBC #LovetoRead campaign, an expert panel has chosen 30 books from Scottish authors, representing some of the finest writing Scotland has to offer.

Drawing from a rich seam of literature stretching from Robert Louis Stevenson to Denise Mina, the panel have selected a cross section of Scotland’s best-loved novels. Now the public are being asked to decide which books should make the top ten.

So will Harry Potter trump Sunset Song? Will Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay triumph over Sir Walter Scott or will it be Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Rankin vying for a place in the top ten?

The top ten books will be revealed in a special BBC Two Scotland programme which will broadcast in October.

Online voting is open from from 1 to 26 August 2016 at

The BBC’s top 30 Scottish books

1 An Oidhche Mus Do Sheol Sinn (The Night Before We Sailed) by Angus Peter Campbell

2 Garnethill by Denise Mina

3 Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

4 How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

5 Imagined Corners by Willa Muir

6 Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

7 Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

8 Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray

9 Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

10 Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

11 Rob Roy by Walter Scott

12 So I Am Glad by AL Kennedy

13 Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

14 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

15 The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins

16 The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh

17 The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

18 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

19 The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

20 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

21 The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

22 The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

23 The Trick Is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway

24 The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

25 The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

26 The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson

27 Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

28 Trumpet by Jackie Kay

29 Under the Skin by Michel Faber

30 Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid


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