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Book Aye The Noo

14 Nov 2018

November sees a lot of Scottish activity! The 30th November is St. Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland, and ‘Book Week Scotland’ is taking place from Monday 19 – Sunday 25 November 2018. In honour of all things literary, we thought we’d share with you the top 5 Scottish authors of all time! 5th place... A gentleman that we’d never heard of, George MacDonald. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien 4th place... Just missing the podium, Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens, then to write Peter Pan. 3rd place... The Bronze prize goes to writer Iain Banks who wrote mainstream fiction and science fiction. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory, Banks began to write on a full-time basis. 2nd place... Silver goes to Robert Louis Stevenson a novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. 1st place... The gold medal, goes to Arthur Conan Doyle, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

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