Sunset Song favourite book

Raising a glass:  Chairman Jim Brown, director Andy Hall and manager Isabella Williamson.
Raising a glass: Chairman Jim Brown, director Andy Hall and manager Isabella Williamson.

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic book Sunset Song has been voted the nation’s favourite novel in a recent survey conducted by BBC Scotland and The Scottish Book Trust.

And staff at the Arbuthnott-based Lewis Grassic Gibbon centre are celebrating the news in style!

Centre chairman, Jim Brown, director, Andy Hall and manager Isabella Williamson raised a glass after hearing the result of the vote.

The top ten novels in the survey included classic and contemporary works by authors born or based in Scotland. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks came second followed by Lanark by Alasdair Gray and The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan.

Trainsporting by Irvine Welsh and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling were also in the top ten listing.

Throughout the summer online voters could choose from a list of 30 novels which were selected by a literary panel.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon endorsed Sunset Song as her favourite novel, stating: “I rist read Sunset Song when I was in my early teens, so maybe 13 or 14. It resonated with me firstly because it’s a wonderful story, beautifully written, but it also said something about the history of the country I grew up in and it resonated with me very strongly as a young Scottish woman and I think its themes are timeless to this day.”

Of the accolade, Mr Brown said: “I think this is an amazing award and rightly we are excited about it.”

Plans are now being made to celebrate the achievement at the centre.