Eleven - Mark Watson
Mark Watson is probably best known as a comedian who, as well as doing his own stand-up shows, is a regular panelist on shows including Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You. However having just finished 'Eleven', Watson's 3rd novel, it is evident that in addition to having that rare quality of being able to make people laugh, he is also an outstanding storyteller...
And the Land Lay Still - James Robertson
Robertson has created an engrossing, hugely ambitious, but delightfully satisfying novel which is a pleasure to read from beginning to end. As Scotland moves towards a vote to decide on Independence it should be required reading for anyone who wants to know what it means to be Scottish.
Boxer, Beetle - Ned Beauman
This book will not be for everyone but if you are looking for something a little different from the supermarket sold, formulaic fiction currently proliferating bookshops bookshelves, give this debut author a go.
Boyracers - Alan Bissett
Bissett has captured superbly what it's like to be a teenager. For those of us (thankfully?) past those years it's a wonderful reminder of what it felt like to be free, up for it and yet petrified of the unknown. For the teenagers of today it will be reassuring to read that they maybe aren't that different after all.
Pack Men - Alan Bissett
This book is much more than a novel about a fan's trip to see his team play football. It will make you laugh, make you think and when you reach the last page you will hope it's not the last time you encounter Alvin and the boys from Falkirk.