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Scotland's Favourite Book

Following a public vote Kirsty Wark reveals the top ten countdown leading to the nation's favourite book. Along the way, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Susan Calman, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Sanjeev Kohli are among the celebrities championing their personal favourite.

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 17 Oct 2016 20:30

The longlist

(in alphabetical order)
  • An Oidhche Mus Do Sheol Sinn (The Night Before We Sailed) by Angus Peter Campbell
  • Garnethill by Denise Mina
  • Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman
  • Imagined Corners by Willa Muir
  • Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin
  • Laidlaw by William McIlvanney
  • Lanark by Alasdair Gray
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
  • Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
  • So I Am Glad by A.L. Kennedy
  • Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Cone Gatherers by Robin Jenkins
  • The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
  • The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson
  • The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid
  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  • Trumpet by Jackie Kay
  • Under the Skin by Michel Faber


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Wark
Participant Nicola Sturgeon
Participant Susan Calman
Participant Evelyn Glennie
Participant Sanjeev Kohli
Producer Kath Pick
Director Kath Pick
Executive Producer Pauline Law


  • Mon 17 Oct 2016 20:30

How do you pick Scotland’s best book?

How do you pick Scotland’s best book?

Professor Willy Maley explores why we find it so tough to pick our favourite read.