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The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir

Andrew Neil Macleod
CATEGORIES: Person/Place/Event

Set in 1770s Edinburgh, The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir is a historical fiction novel with dark fantasy elements. It gives a great sense of Edinburgh life 250 years ago, as well as fairly detailed description of the city back then. This being a fantasy-enriched story, at the end of the book, the author provides information of what is real and what is imagined within story. Perfect mixture of history, fantasy, and horror. First in the series of The Casebook of Johnson and Boswell!

(Recommended by Jurga Kalinauskaitė, photographer and bibliophile)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant

Despite being written by a ScottishZimbabwean author, the internationally beloved series shows an enormous love for Botswana, which becomes as much a character as the protagonist, Precious Ramotswe, who The New York Times Book Review lauded as the “Miss Marple of Botswana.” After becoming a worldwide bestseller, the first of the 18 books in the series was brought to the small screen in 2007 by acclaimed director Anthony Minghella.

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

The author’s debut novel is told through the eyes of its title character, a young lad growing up in Margaret Thatcher’s working-class Glasgow. The coming-of-age tale of alcoholism, sexuality, and abuse was nominated or won numerous awards, including the 2020 Booker Prize. Note that although the book is written in English, the dialogue is in Scots.

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