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23 June 2018

Scotland's Favourite Book

18 October 2016

BBC Scotland conducted a public vote throughout most of August 2016 in partnership with The Scottish Book Trust and The Scottish Library and Information Council.

The 30 books on the longlist, comprised only of novels by authors born or based in Scotland, were selected by a panel of judges curated by Scottish Book Trust.

The classic novel Sunset Song, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, topped the poll as Scotland's Favourite Book. The top ten are:

  1. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon (Canongate Books)
  2. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (Abacus)
  3. Lanark by Alasdair Gray (Canongate Books)
  4. The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan (William Collins)
  5. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (Canongate Books)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
  7. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh (Vintage)
  8. Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin (Orion)
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Penguin Classics)
  10. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (Canongate Books)

As some of these books are out of copyright, there are many published editions to choose from. We've linked to the ones whose covers we've featured here. Our website has profiles of all of the authors and lists many of the editions.


Scotland's Favourite Books 2016 large


For the full longlist, see the BBC website. The BBC television programme Scotland's Favourite Book with writers and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon championing the top ten books is available on iPlayer until 14 November 2016.