Missing Edinburgh? Top books by Scottish authors to keep the post-Fringe woes at bay
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August is over and the scores of comedians, actors, artists and other creatives that flocked to entertain and soak up the creative atmosphere of the city have gone home for another year. But never fear, if you're missing the creative buzz of Scotland's capital now that September is here, see below for a list of books by Scottish authors to bring back the memories of this UNESCO City of Literature. 1. Trainspotting-Irvine Welsh The book that inspired the famous film, Irvine Welsh's bestselling novel follows 5 heroin addicts in Scotland as they try to navigate life with their addictions. Whilst personally not my taste, if you want to read a book written in Scots dialect which has become a cult classic film in Scotland, then it's definitely worth a try. 2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson is one of Scotland's most famous authors, and Jekyll and Hyde is a story that everyone has likely heard of, if not read. It's a slightly more accessible classic, being relatively short, actually novella length rather than full length novel and if you like gothic fiction, then it's definitely worth a try. 3. A Study In Scarlet-Arthur Conan Doyle Naturally, a list of books by Scottish authors would not be complete without at least one Sherlock Holmes story as Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh and studied at the medical school at the University of Edinburgh. A Study In Scarlet is the first of Sherlock Holmes' many adventures, and follows Sherlock and Watson as they met and work their first case together. 4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine-Gail Honeyman For a more contemporary Scottish author, give Gail Honeyman's debut novel a try. Set in Glasgow, the book follows the titular Eleanor Oliphant as she struggles with mental illness and tries to navigate that whilst nursing a crush on the IT guy from her office. Honeyman's debut won WH Smith's Book Of The Year in 2017 and the Costa Book Award, plus she was born in Stirling where I go to Uni, so definitely one to try!
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