Graeme Armstrong’s top three Scottish books


The blistering, bestselling debut by Graeme Armstrong is new in paperback this month – and has just been picked up for TV adaptation by Synchronicity Films. Here, Graeme picks his top Scottish books.

‘The Panopticon’, by Jenni Fagan

A tough and claustrophobic exploration of horror and hope in Scotland’s care system inspired by Jenni’s lived experience. I studied this in university and still love it. Jenni is unstoppable: drama, poetry, prose. You name it.

‘Tony Hogan Bought me an Ice Cream Float Before he Stole my Ma’ / ‘Lowborn’, by Kerry Hudson

We shared hometowns of Airdrie and Coatbridge, both featured in this debut novel. Her powerful dedication in fighting for social justice is inspirational to many, including myself. Kerry is a queen. End. Of.

‘The White Bird Passes’, by Jessie Kesson 

One of the first instalments in the rich (and tragic) tapestry of Scottish social realism works
which explores a young girl’s experience of poverty in 1920s Elgin. This novel is also written from the author’s lived experience.

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