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Best Books About Scotland

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Outlander
Diana Gabaldon - Jan 01, 1992 (first published in 1991)
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...
Knots and Crosses
An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Novels (1))
Ian Rankin - Sep 16, 2008 (first published in 1987)
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Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloi...
44 Scotland Street
Alexander McCall Smith - Jun 14, 2005
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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 1The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful character...
The Highland Witch
A Novel
Susan Fletcher - Nov 28, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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The Massacre of Glencoe happened at 5am on 13th February 1692 when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers who had enjoyed the clan's hospitality for the previous ten days. Many more died from exposure in the mountains. Fifty miles to the south Corrag is condemned for her involvement in the Massacre. She is imprisoned, ac...
Trainspotting
Irvine Welsh - Jun 17, 1996 (first published in 1993)
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Brace yourself, America, for Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting—the novel and the film that became the cult sensations of Britain.Trainspotting is the hilarious, appalling, riveting, bestselling, and altogether masterful first novel that launched the spectacular career of Irvine Welsh. It is an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating group por...
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
A Novel
Gail Honeyman - Jun 05, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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No ones ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fineMeet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what shes thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Bu...
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Lanark
A Life in Four Books (Canons)
Alasdair Gray - Sep 01, 2016 (first published in 1981)
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This work, originally published in 1981, has been hailed as the most influential Scottish novel of the second half of the 20th century. Its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, personal and political, about humankind's inability to love and yet our compulsion to go on trying....
A History of Scotland
Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History
Neil Oliver - Mar 01, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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Scotland's history has been badly served over the years and here gets a rewrite by archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver. Defined by its relationship to England, Scotland's popular history is full of near-mythical figures and tragic events, her past littered with defeat, failure and thwarted ambition. The martyrdom of William Wallace, the tragedy...
Sunset Song
Lewis Grassic Gibbon - Dec 18, 2007 (first published in 1932)
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Young Chris Guthrie comes of age in the harsh landscape of northern Scotland, torn between her passion for the land, her duty to her family and her love of books, until the First World War begins and the landscape around her changes dramatically. The first novel in Gibbon's classic trilogy A Scots Quair, Sunset Song marks the emotional and politica...
Girl Meets Boy
The Myth of Iphis (The Myths)
Ali Smith - Jan 06, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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From the astonishingly talented writer of The Accidental and Hotel World comes Ali Smith’s brilliant retelling of Ovid’s gender-bending myth of Iphis and Ianthe, as seen through the eyes of two Scottish sisters. Girl Meets Boy is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, and the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of ...
Bone Deep
Sandra Ireland - Jun 11, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Is a story ever just a story?Mac, a retired academic and writer, is working on a new collection of folktales, inspired by local legends, and at the insistence of her only child, Arthur, she hires a young assistant, Lucie, to live in a cottage on her property and help her transcribe them. What Arthur doesn’t know is that his mother is determined to ...
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner