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
Wolf Trial cover

4. The Wolf Trial

Neil Mackay
Beloved Poison cover

6. Beloved Poison

E. S. Thomson
Blade Artist cover

7. The Blade Artist

Irvine Welsh
Serious Sweet cover

8. Serious Sweet

A L Kennedy
On Starlit Seas cover

13. On Starlit Seas

Sara Sheridan
Riverkeep cover

15. Riverkeep

Martin Stewart
Caged cover

16. Caged

Theresa Breslin
Autumn cover

21. Autumn

Ali Smith
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22. This Must Be the Place

Maggie O'Farrell
Dirt Road

23. Dirt Road

James Kelman
Crash Land cover

25. Crash Land

Doug Johnstone
Three Craws cover

26. Three Craws

James Yorkston
Infinite Ground cover

27. Infinite Ground

Martin MacInnes
Children of Icarus cover

28. Children of Icarus

Caighlan Smith
His Bloody Project cover

30. His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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