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message 1: by Louise (last edited Jul 24, 2016 01:52PM) (new)

Louise | 5 comments Ok, so I got a wee bitty carried away with the title alliteration but it amused me. :)

I'm very behind with my reading as the fibre related activities tend to rule my time. I have so far got through:

1. The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan (set in Scotland) - light, easy, feel good romance/comedy.

2. The Busconductor Hines by James Kelman (Scottish author)

3. The Silver Darlings by Neil Gunn (Scottish author) - My favourite Scottish book and author EVER. Evocative, emotive, insightful. Gunn's talent for capturing a moment in history and bringing it to life is stunning.

4. Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart (Scottish author) - Gripping as all her books are. Prompted me to go and see the incredible Lipizzaners at Ingliston many years back.

5. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (Scottish author) - I'm a fantasy nerd so going back to one of the forerunners of the genre of fantasy literature is spellbinding.

6. Seven Centuries - A History of the Lockharts of Lee and Carnwath by Simon Macdonald Lockhart (Scottish Clan history/Scottish author) - My Clan family history. Rich, detailed and an emotional journey.

7. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott (set in Perthshire/Scottish author) - Scott's daughter married a Lockhart so I've always been fascinated with him as much because of that connection as my love of his books. Finally visited Abbotsford in 2014, can't believe it took me so long.

8. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks (Scottish author) - Quenching the sci fi/fantasy thirst. I enjoy Iain's normal books too but his sci fi is amazing.

9. A History Maker by Alasdair Gray (Scottish author) - I was honoured to meet and spend time with Alasdair when he was painting the internal ceiling of a room at Abbot House (I was working there) in Dunfermline. He signed my copy of this book and it is very much treasured.

10. TBD - maybe an Ian Rankin


message 2: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 15 comments Wow! You've covered a lot of Scottish ground already this year. I've been reading some from George MacDonald too. I'll have to check out several of these you have on your list -- might try some of these!


message 3: by James (last edited Jul 22, 2016 09:11AM) (new)

James | 18 comments Louise wrote: "3. The Silver Darlings by Neil Gunn (Scottish author) - My favourite Scottish book and author EVER. ."

I've skirted around this book for years. I keep seeing it in the library but think to myself "No....that'll not suit me" . So...... you've just convinced me I should put it on my list.


message 4: by John (new)

John R Hi Louise, why is Alasdair Gray a "very sad loss"? I thought he was still alive?


message 5: by Katrina (new)

Katrina (katrinapiningforthewest) | 14 comments That puzzled me too. Alasdair Gray is still alive and kicking I'm sure although he may not be writing now since he had that bad fall last year.
It's a great mixture of very different books though.


message 6: by John (new)

John R I agree Katrina - two of my favourite books (The Silver Darlings and The Player of Games) on Louise's list.

I'm sure I read that even while Alasdair Gray was recovering in hospital from his fall, he was working on a translation of Dante.


message 7: by Louise (new)

Louise | 5 comments Yes, he is absolutely fine. My apologies. I was confusing Alasdair with someone else. So many losses the last couple of years it's hard to keep them all straight. That'll teach me to dash off posts at top speed!


message 8: by Louise (new)

Louise | 5 comments Jim wrote: "Louise wrote: "3. The Silver Darlings by Neil Gunn (Scottish author) - My favourite Scottish book and author EVER. ."

I've skirted around this book for years. I keep seeing it in the library but t..."



I hope you enjoy the book, Jim. I saw it performed at the Dundee Rep some 20 odd years ago too and it was incredibly well adapted.


message 9: by Louise (new)

Louise | 5 comments Tarissa wrote: "Wow! You've covered a lot of Scottish ground already this year.

My degree is in English and one of my chosen specialist papers was Scottish Literature. There's not much I haven't at least dipped into. :)


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