From Kidnapped to The Outrun, Scotland has a proud history of delivering quality literature
From crime novels to historical epics, Scotland has a rich history of producing literary classics be it Walter Scott's groundbreaking Waverley or William McIlvanney's Laidlaw.
Here are forty essential Scottish books that every bookworm should read.
Sign up to our daily newsletter
The i newsletter cut through the noise
Immortalised by Maggie Smith in a 1969 film of the same name, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie tells the story of an eccentric young teacher who encourages her pupils to embrace romantic ideals.
Nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2016, Burnet's desperately bleak novel tells the story of an Applecross Peninsula triple murder. A shocking and upsetting, but utterly brilliant read.
In 1964 Calum Macleod of Raasay and his brother Charles constructed a road connecting the remote community of Arnish with the rest of the island. Roger Hutchinson tells the unique and human story in Calum's Road.
From the genius mind of Alasdair Gray, this daring and witty novel echoes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in its own unique and fanciful way.
On its release Iain Banks' pitch black novel was criticised for its gruesome depictions of violence at the hands of a youth. The Scottish writer's horror masterpiece has since gone on to be regarded as one of the 20th century finest novels.
Set in a god-fearing Scotland, readers are navigated through Hogg's psychological mystery by its eponymous, criminal antihero.
Brothers Paul and Mikey navigate the surreal aftermath of a disturbing crime in this unpredictable thriller.
The film is great, the book is arguably better. Trainspotting provides readers an insight into the life of character Mark Renton has he flits between heroin and sobriety
Readers' first introduction to the miserly and masterful Inspector Rebus, is arguably the most thrilling.
This Kafkaesque novel set in a dystopic world precariously situated on a span reminiscent of the Forth Rail Bridge, follows a character seemingly devoid of a personality as he casually investigates how he came to arrive in the steel, red and inescapable universe.
Regarded as one of the masters of tartan-noir fiction, Val McDermid's A Darker Domain is arguably one of the Fife author's works. Set in her home-county, this novel investigates an unsolved murder while exploring the effect of mine closures on the community.
Set in the north east, Michel Faber's science-fiction novel follows an extraterrestrial as she preys on unsuspecting men.
Written over a thirty-year period, Lanark takes place in a dystopic and surreal version of Glasgow. Released in the 1980s, Alasdair Gray's debut novel is widely regarded as a modern classic.
This rollicking thriller takes readers across Scotland as charming protagonist Richard Hannay attempts to foil a conspiracy. As brilliant an ludicrous as Ian Fleming's James Bond.
The story of a barge labourer who disrupts the lives of his employer and employer's wife. The novel rose to fame in 2003 when it was released as a film starring Ewan McGregor
Spanning decades this semi-biographical exploration of secret-riddled cities Glasgow and Gloucester became an instant classic on it's release in 1995.
The opening lines of this introduce readers to a naked, down-and-out and con as he attempts to evade hitmen - and from thereon in there is little let up in this wicked dark comedy.
Legendary and groundbreaking, Waverley is widely regarded as the first example of historical fiction in Western literature. The epic novel follows English gentleman Edward Waverley as he wrestles with loyalties during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.
Delightfully dark, the Long Midnight of Barney Thomson centres around its eponymous protagonist as his tedious life is livened up by the arrival of a psychopathic serial killer.
Virginia Woolf's introspective drama set on the Isle of Skye mastefully explores the complexities of human relationships and experience. Rated by many as one of the greates English language novels of the 20th century.
The tight-knit community of Orcadian Hellya clash with a shady military project knwon as Operation Black Star in George Mackay Brown's poetic debut.
This amusing debut novel by Buddha Da observes the breakup of a family as Glaswegian protagonist Jimmy opts for a buddhist lifestyle - celibacy and all - much to the dismay of his partner.
Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is to Aberdeen what Inspector Rebus is to Edinburgh. Readers are first introduced to McRae in Cold Granite where he investigates the gruesome murder of a toddler.
In the 1950s naturalist Gavin Maxwell relocated to the northwest coast of Scotland where he would keep several wild sea otters as pets. The curious story is told in glowing detail in this inspiring novel.
The Outrun follows author Amy Liptrot as she comes to terms with addiction in her homeland of Orkney. Liptrot's vivid description of drug addiction and recovery was lauded for its honesty and bravery
The first of Peter May's Lewis Trilogy secured the author's position as one of the kings of Scottish Crime. Shifting between Edinburgh and the Isle of Lewis The Blackhouse follows DI Finlay Macleod as he investigates the death of a former school bully.
Protagonist Joy Stone attempts to find meaning in everyday life as she comes to terms with a mental breakdown. The Trick is to Keep Breathing is at times upsetting, but Galloway's prose exudes an inviting warmth.
Written in working class Scottish dialect, James Kelman's stream of consciousness yarn is laced with dark humour. The novel, controversially, scooped the Booker prize in 1994.
Set on the eve of the Great War, Sunset Song explores the impact of modernisation on a traditional Scottish farming family. Widely regarded as one of the great Scottish novels.
Reminiscent of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the Cone Gatherers follows brothers Calum and Neil as they work in the shadow of tyrannical gamekeeper Duror
Robert Louis Stevenson's rollicking adventure novel is regarded as one of the great adventure tales.
Decades before the hit Starz series hit the small screen, Diana Gabaldon crafted character's Jamie and Claire and their time-travelling love story in the first of her fantasy series Outlander.
Set in Glasgow, The Cutting Room follows auctioneer Rilke as he discovers a disturbing cache of snuff footage that appear to show the death of a young woman. Louise Welsh's debut novel is as sensational as it is creepy
Titular character Laidlaw attempts to track down the murderer of a teenager via unusual means in this sensational detective novel by the late and great William McIlvanney
Christopher Brookmyre's wit is on show for all to see in A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away, a fast-paced crime novel centred on a terrorist plot.
First produced as a serial in the Scotsman 15 years ago, 44 Scotland Street is Alexander McCall Smith at his heartwarming best
James Robertson's 2006 novel faithfully follows in the footsteps of James Hoggs The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.
Tomkies describes in marvellous, vivid detail life in the remote wilderness of the Western Highlands
Centred around the Glencoe Massacre, Corrag is a must for all historical fiction lovers.
Robert Louis Stevenson's take on the duality of man caused a sensation on its 19th century release. Today it continues to inspire the latest generation of writers.