Popular Scottish Historical Fiction Books
Top 10 books about the Scottish Highlands and Islands
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Its remote, rugged landscape has pulled me back most years since, whether to stay in the remote Moor of Rannoch hotel — where the nearest village is 13 miles away — or camping in Glen Coe and Glen Nevis. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot An impressive debut memoir by the Orcadian Amy Liptrot , who unflinchingly details a decade of addiction in London and her move back home to recover. It is not an easy retreat. The environment is deftly sketched, from the winter moons to greylag geese and a night-snorkelling excursion. It is told from the perspective of Corrag, a young woman regarded as a witch who is incarcerated in Inveraray after the event, and by the Jacobite priest who is sent to interview her. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith A typical book by one of our wonderfully atypical writers, full of her usual play of language and her treatment of profound subjects with the lightest and most dazzling of touches.
Written by: Christine Wilson Mon 27 November No one could accuse Scottish history of being short of drama. Make a cup of tea, put on your slippers, and open the door into lost ways of life…. Published in , this early novel has influenced countless writers from Scotland and beyond my edition is introduced by Ian Rankin. This dark satire is permeated by doubling, questions of identity and the relationship between good and evil — ideas that will be very familiar to fans of Tartan Noir.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek by Anthony O’Neill: £8.99, Black & White Publishing
What is the most romantic period in Scotland's history? For author Diana Gabaldon, it is obviously the Jacobite risings of the 18th century when Highland chivalry reached its climax. Stephen Lawhead prefers the romance of early medieval Scotland - the heyday of Celtic Christianity with its druidic overtones and the glitter of Byzantium and the Eastern church. Men often prefer tales of adventure with lots of action and sword-rattling, while women are looking for romance - some chaste, some not. We've included books on this page for every taste and fantasy, some pretty steamy and some straightforward historical fiction about heroes such as Wallace and Bruce.