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message 1: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
The theme is: Classic Scots

We’re going for the big ones, the Classics. These could be written by a Scot - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson counts. Or set in Scotland - I don’t think Jane Austen wrote a romance set in the Highlands, but if she did let me know ;) I’m thinking of authors such as James Hogg and Muriel Spark, but I’m open to more modern ‘classics’. Say, if a Scottish book is universally famous, does it count as a future classic? I’ll leave it up to you to decide if books like Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting qualifies. So read those timeless masterpieces and add them to your reading challenge!

Nominate a book under this theme for the group to discuss. (Please try to use the html link to your book so there's no mix ups.) In a few days time, we'll vote for our favourite...


message 2: by Katrina (new)

Katrina | 50 comments The Kiln by William McIlvanney, maybe? Has the potential to be a modern day classic. There's also Sound of My Voice by Ron Butlin.

There's also Walter Scott's Waverley if we want to stick with a traditional classic?


message 3: by Kirk (new)

Kirk (goodreadscomkirkc) | 27 comments Ellen wrote: "The theme is: Classic Scots

We’re going for the big ones, the Classics. These could be written by a Scot - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson counts. Or set in Scotland - I don’t think Jan..."



Not set in the Highlands...https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 4: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Kirk wrote: "Ellen wrote: "The theme is: Classic Scots

We’re going for the big ones, the Classics. These could be written by a Scot - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson counts. Or set in Scotland - I d..."


Well I never! Brilliant :)


message 5: by Tarissa (new)

Tarissa (inthebookcase) | 52 comments Is A.J. Cronin classic enough? I was thinking about reading one of his books soon myself, The Keys of the Kingdom.


message 6: by Elliot (new)

Elliot I'd be interested in reading another novel by Walter Scott this year. How about Rob Roy or Waverly?


message 7: by Alan (last edited Jul 01, 2018 01:24AM) (new)

Alan How about a slightly left-field classic: 'Humphry Clinker' by Tobias Smollet, a rollicking 18th century epistolary novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

Or one of the greats of the 20th century, 'Lanark' by Alasdair Gray: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9...

Not been in the group that long, so apologies if these have been covered before. If they have then I would second Katrina's choice above of Ron Butlin's 'Sound of my Voice', a much neglected writer finally getting some of the recognition he deserves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 8: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 103 comments I nominate Marriage by Susan Ferrier. I already read it but it is a wonderful book.


message 9: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Some really interesting nominations, guys - I feel my literary knowledge growing, googling some of these amazing authors. Regardless of which book is ultimately chosen, I’m adding some of these to my TBR radar. Keep them coming!


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Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Alan wrote: "How about a slightly left-field classic: 'Humphry Clinker' by Tobias Smollet, a rollicking 18th century epistolary novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4......"

Katrina wrote: "The Kiln by William McIlvanney, maybe? Has the potential to be a modern day classic. There's also Sound of My Voice by Ron Butlin.

There's also Walter Scott's Waverley if we want to stick with a t..."


Love all of these, I trust your judgement and think they definitely count. Pick your favourite out of the ones you’ve mentioned and I’ll add your choice to the upcoming poll. :)


message 11: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Melanie wrote: "I nominate Marriage by Susan Ferrier. I already read it but it is a wonderful book."

I was hoping you would nominate this.... but now there’s some other really great books mentioned too and I have no idea who I’m going to vote for. This is on my TBR list either way.


message 12: by Katrina (last edited Jul 01, 2018 10:31AM) (new)

Katrina | 50 comments Ellen wrote: "Alan wrote: "How about a slightly left-field classic: 'Humphry Clinker' by Tobias Smollet, a rollicking 18th century epistolary novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4......"

Oh, Lordy. Err...Sound of My Voice then, I suppose. Interesting style, moving, and pretty short, so not the end of the world if anyone ends up hating it. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 13: by Alan (new)

Alan Ellen wrote: "Alan wrote: "How about a slightly left-field classic: 'Humphry Clinker' by Tobias Smollet, a rollicking 18th century epistolary novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4......"

OK, I'll nominate The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - I guess it's something a bit different from what many of us (myself included) read these days!


message 14: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Nothing is springing to mind to nominate, think I will sit back for this one and wait for the list.


message 15: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Katrina wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Alan wrote: "How about a slightly left-field classic: 'Humphry Clinker' by Tobias Smollet, a rollicking 18th century epistolary novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4......"

Good choice, I think I’ve read some of his poetry...?


message 16: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Alan wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Alan wrote: "How about a slightly left-field classic: 'Humphry Clinker' by Tobias Smollet, a rollicking 18th century epistolary novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4......"

Yes, always good to try something different. And the kid in me really loves the author’s quirky name too!


message 17: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Hm... just realised I haven’t nominated something myself. I might go predictable and suggest one of the authors I’ve already mentioned. My library did a display to celebrate the Muriel Spark 100 anniversary - she was an interestering lady! And I’ve been wanting to the read her famous book for a while :)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Here’s the Muriel Spark 100 website in case you’re interested - https://murielspark100.com Apparently, there should be a lot of events around Scotland :)


message 18: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
I’ve created the poll and it should be live soon - I’ll message everyone when it’s up and ready to be voted on. :) Some really interesting authors in this one....


message 19: by Ellen (last edited Jul 09, 2018 12:58PM) (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Kirk wrote: "Ellen wrote: "The theme is: Classic Scots

We’re going for the big ones, the Classics. These could be written by a Scot - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson counts. Or set in Scotland - I d..."


Hi Kirk, I’ve just set up the poll but didn’t include your book as I presumed it was in reply from my comment. However, it just occurred to me this might not be the case... If you want the book added, please could let me know today and I’ll correct the poll before it’s live. Thanks and sorry if I’ve misunderstood!


message 20: by Kate (new)

Kate | 3 comments Ellen wrote: "The theme is: Classic Scots

We’re going for the big ones, the Classics. These could be written by a Scot - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson counts. Or set in Scotland - I don’t think Jan..."


Is John Buchan classic enough? If so, I nominate John McNab.

Or The Intelligent Traveller's Guide To Historic Scotland or Kidnapped? The Bay Of Strangers or Green Hand by Lillian Beckwith (surely she's a classic!) In Search of Scotland by H.V. Morton.

I've got those in my ginormous TBR pile, which is why I nominated them. But I'll read whatever the group choice is.


message 21: by Ellen (last edited Jul 09, 2018 02:55PM) (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Kate wrote: "Ellen wrote: "The theme is: Classic Scots

We’re going for the big ones, the Classics. These could be written by a Scot - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson counts. Or set in Scotland - I d..."


I’ll see if I can add it to the poll, which one is your favourite pick and would like to nominate?

(Some great choices by the way!)


message 22: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
I’m going to go ahead and make up the poll.

(I’ll take your first nomination Kate - John McNab by John Buchan - and add it to the poll.)

Thanks everyone, I’ll message you when it’s live.


message 23: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
Here’s the poll, guys and girls....

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...

Oh, what to choose?


message 24: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Forkin (ellen_forkin) | 350 comments Mod
We had a three-way tie in the poll! So I’ve created a mini sub poll to decide the overall winner. If you could vote again that would be great....

Sub Poll: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/4...

The choices are between:
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Rob Roy


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