Scottish Book Lists

Scotland has a rich and varied literary history--it's no accident that it's home to the very first UNESCO City of Literature. From Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott to Iain Banks and Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish authors and books are renowned throughout the world. Below are just a few lists that celebrate a sampling of the literary treats the country has to offer.






Best Of  

50 Best Scottish Novels of the Past 50 Years

Stuart Kelly picks the past half-century's most memorable Scottish reads

The Best of Banks

SBT staffers pick their favourite Iain Banks books

Teens and Children's Lists      

Best Scottish Books for Bookbug Readers (3-7)

The best early years books, from 2006-2013

 Best Scottish Books for Younger Readers (8-11)

SCBA shortlisted books for 8-11 year olds

Best Scottish Books for Older Readers

Shortlisted SCBA titles for teens

5 Teen Books Set in Scotland's Past

Delve into the past with these great reads


9 Books Set in the Highlands

Take a literary journey into the wilds

10 Books Set in Edinburgh

The capital comes to life in these fantastic reads

10 Glaswegian Reads

Take a walk on the Clyde side.

Northern Exposure

12 books set in the Orkney Islands


9 Outstanding Gaelic Debuts

Fiction that'll make you want to (or be thankful you did) learn Gaelic


10 Contemporary Scottish Poets You Need to Read

Some top 21st century picks

Themed Book Lists      

7 Books on Scottish Spirituality

Richard Holloway and Ron Ferguson suggests books that'll touch your inner spirit

Essential Scottish Sci-Fi

12 titles no sci-fi lover should be without

Sexy Scotland

Alan Bissett shares some Scottish books sure to get you hot under your tartan!

Whisky Galore

8 books about the water of life