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Voted ‘The Best Scottish Book of All Time’
‘Chris Guthrie is the most passionate and appealing heroine in Scottish literature; Grassic Gibbon’s magnificent novel is fresh, powerful and timeless’ – Anne Donovan
‘This book may be read with delight the world over’ – The New York Times
‘Its great gripping hybrid of melodrama and realism has left me scorched’ – Ali Smith
’Part of the trilogy, A Scots Quair, Sunset Song is a book about change, war, politics and, above all else, what it means to be Scottish’ – Nicola Sturgeon, MSP
Chris Guthrie’s tumultuous feelings as she grows up in rural Scotland are the theme for Sunset Song, a national and international success which brought fame to James Leslie Mitchell, better known as ‘Lewis Grassic Gibbon’. He brings to life brilliantly the countryside of his youth, a Scotland of small farms, hard life, much affection yet much gossip and spite. In the first few decades of the 20th century, heroine Chris grows up, marries, is widowed, and watches her way of life altered beyond recognition by a distant war she barely understands. Yet her strength endures, like the land she loves so intensely.
Lewis Grassic Gibbon (James Leslie Mitchell) was one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. Born in Aberdeenshire in 1901, he died at the age of thirty-four. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, essays and science fiction, and his writing reflected his wide interest in religion, archaeology, history, politics and science. The Mearns trilogy, A Scots Quair, is his most renowned work, and has become a landmark in Scottish literature. His novel Sunset Song, one of the Scot’s Quair trilogy, was voted number one in the List/Orange Best Scottish Books of All Time.