Merry Christmas! Happy Hogmanay! Celebrate the Solstice! We're offering readers some ethical and festive cheer in the form of these themed selections of Scottish books, available up to Twelfth Night so you can buy them as gifts or to enjoy for yourself in the holiday season. Support independent publishing and give a gift of words!
Historical novels set in 19th-century Scotland:
The Physic Garden, Catherine Czerkawska & Unfashioned Creatures, Lesley McDowell
Twentieth-century classics set in WWI Glasgow and WWII Edinburgh, both shortlisted for major international prizes:
The Credit Draper by J David Simons & A Capital Union by Victoria Hendry
Contemporary Women's Classics:
The Four Marys, Jean Rafferty & Bear Witness by Mandy Haggith
The Physic Garden by Catherine Czerkawska: A young gardener in early 19th-C Glasgow in a story of friendship, love and betrayal. "Powerful" (John Burnside); "restrained, elegant prose" (Sunday Times pick of historical fiction)
Unfashioned Creatures by Lesley McDowell: : An ambitious 'mind-doctor' meets young Isabella Booth in a rich, Gothic story featuring Mary Shelley's real-life friend. "Intricate, and thick with insanity" (Scottish Review of Books); "a tantalising read" (The Scotsman)
A Capital Union provides a fresh look at WWII Edinburgh and the nascent nationalist movement through the eyes of young Agnes, a refreshing and vivid new voice. "Dramatic and engaging" (Alan Warner Book of the Year),"Startlingly accomplished (Sunday Herald) - Shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association Debut Crown 2014
The Credit Draper by J David Simons is the compelling, original and page-turning story of an immigrant to Glasgow's Jewish ghetto during World War I, and the first in his acclaimed Glasgow to Galilee trilogy. "A joyous book" (The Herald) – shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize.
The Four Marys: Four lushly written tales rooted in Scottish history, mythology and lore brought up to date in these contemporary folk novellas. "Powerful stories" Marina Warner.
Bear Witness by poet, environmentalist and novelist Mandy Haggith follows environmentalist Callis McArthur on her journey to bringing bears back to the wild, and having a "Goldilocks" romantic experience along the way. "Daring and beautifully worked" Jim Crumley; "Passionate and subversive" Jason Donald