Congratulations Alasdair Gray: Lanark voted number two in Scottish novel top ten

Drawing of the Elite café, from the cover of MS Gen 1595/1/13.

Drawing of the Elite café, from the cover of MS Gen 1595/1/13.

Congratulations to Alasdair Gray, whose novel Lanark has been voted the second most popular Scottish book of the past 50 years by the Scottish public.

The poll was commissioned by the Scottish Book Trust, as part of the celebrations for Book Week Scotland (25 Nov-01 Dec).

We are lucky to  hold original papers (MS Gen 1595) relating to the creation of this novel. The papers consists of numerous drafts, both in loose-leaf manuscripts, typed drafts, page proofs and notebooks. Several of the notebooks also contain drawings by Gray. Some of these can be seen in our online Book of the Month article from May 2002. We also hold lithographs of title pages of the books (Sp Coll HX 127)

If you are interested in viewing items from this collection, then please do come and see us on level 12.

In addition, the full top ten (as voted for from a longlist of 50) are available to borrow from Main Library stock:
1. Trainspotting
2. Lanark
3. Black and Blue
4. The Bridge
5. One fine day in the middle of the night
6. Excession
7. Morvern Callar
8. 44 Scotland Street
9. The trick is to keep breathing
10. Docherty

Happy reading!

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