For those who don't know - I was abroad and it totally passed me by - the longlist was published in August, and the result came out on 17 October (and was no surprise). I won't say who the winner was, in case anyone wants to watch The top ten countdown with Kirsty Wark, on BBC iPlayer .. my plan for this evening.
The longlist of 30 in alphabetical order :
An Oidhche Mus Do Sheol Sinn (The Night Before We Sailed) by Angus Peter Campbell Garnethill by Denise Mina Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman Imagined Corners by Willa Muir Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin Laidlaw by William McIlvanney Lanark by Alasdair Gray Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Morvern Callar by Alan Warner Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott So I Am Glad by A.L. Kennedy Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The Cone Gatherers by Robin Jenkins The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh Trumpet by Jackie Kay Under the Skin by Michel Faber
I've only read ten (I read the winner at school along with most of the rest of us in Scotland I suspect) and there are probably another ten I'd like to read. I'm not sure I could face reading the likes of Walter Scott again though
I loved the private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner!!! Such a brilliant book. There are so many good ones on there. I may just take the list and figure out which ones I've still to read (next year, when I am allowed to buy books again)