30 Excellent Scottish Novels of 2016

Great reads to see out the year

By many accounts, 2016 was not a great year. But for Scottish writing, it was fantastic. Many of our finest and most famous writers came out with something new, Graeme Macrae Burnet was a surprising (but certainly deserving) addition to the Booker Prize shortlist, and promising newcomers burst onto the scene. So, at the close of the year, let's put our other cares behind us and lose ourselves in some fantastic literary lives and worlds.

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Comet Seekers cover

1. The Comet Seekers

Helen Sedgwick
Amber Shadows cover

2. The Amber Shadows

Lucy Ribchester
The Other Mrs Walker cover

3. The Other Mrs Walker

Mary Paulson-Ellis
His Bloody Project cover

4. His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet
Wolf Trial cover

5. The Wolf Trial

Neil Mackay
Beloved Poison cover

7. Beloved Poison

E. S. Thomson
Blade Artist cover

8. The Blade Artist

Irvine Welsh
Riverkeep cover

17. Riverkeep

Martin Stewart
Caged cover

18. Caged

Theresa Breslin
Tokyo Nights cover

19. Tokyo Nights

Jim Douglas
None but the Dead cover

20. None But the Dead

Lin Anderson
Dirt Road

25. Dirt Road

James Kelman
Crash Land cover

27. Crash Land

Doug Johnstone
Three Craws cover

28. Three Craws

James Yorkston
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29. Infinite Ground

Martin MacInnes
Children of Icarus cover

30. Children of Icarus

Caighlan Smith

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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