We asked the committee to pick a few favourites from 2015, so what finer place to start than with Scottish books? Whether it’s the author or the publisher that ties them to here, Scotland has been behind some absolutely fantastic books this year, and our picks just scrape the surface. Do let us know your favourites in the comments!
Heather McDaid (Social Media Officer): On the Edges of Vision – Helen McClory. I discovered Helen’s book during the Saltire Society Shadow Judging Panels and I’ve not stopped raving about it since. Stories that are dark, weird, and unlike anything you’ve read. And if I can squeeze in another, A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan. The year of short stories!
Mairi McKay (Social Media Officer): The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan. Such an enchanting and compelling read. I have a beautiful first edition, signed hardback, which I won’t be loaning out to any of my friends!
Keira Brown (Events Officer): Fishnet by Kirstin Innes is a fabulous debut novel by this journalist, showing a high level of research, page-turning writing-style and fantastic character development.
Catriona Cox (Marketing Officer): I’ve had a bit more time this year to read which has been fantastic. I hate picking favourites but I can mention some of my top picks from the year. I really enjoyed Fishnet by Kirstin Innes and thought it was an interesting look at a little covered subject. I had a lovely ‘book happiness moment’ sitting in the sunshine reading Jellyfish by Janice Galloway in Charlotte Square Gardens on a rare day off from working in the bookshop at EIBF.
Julie Stirling (Co-chair): Killochries – a verse novella by Jim Carruth. I discovered this when I was chairing the shadow judging panel for the Saltire Society Literary Awards and it is in fact the book the shadow judges selected as their winner. Quiet, deliberate and from a voice who is at ease with his craft – this books takes us through a year in the life of two contrasting characters who we come to understand and deeply empathise with by the end of the book. Beautiful imagery runs through the pages to capture the imagination too.
Kirstin Lamb (General Member): By Scottish author – The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan. By Scottish publisher – Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig
Charlotte Brady (Student Liaison Officer): Fishnet – Kirsten Innes. I flew through this book. It’s an exciting page turner and there a lot of funny moments but it’s also an important and well researched book, which addresses it’s themes in a way that doesn’t conflict with my feminism or politics.
Franzi Heydrich (Secretary): A Decent Ride – Irvine Welsh.
Who did we miss? Let us know below!