“Scotland lived, she could never die, the land would outlast them all”
Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel, voted ‘Best Scottish Book of All Time’ by the public and The List
Now a major motion picture directed by Terence Davies, starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie, Sunset Song is a powerful portrait of a land and people in turmoil, seen through the life and struggles of its heroine Chris Guthrie.
In the years up to and beyond the First World War, Chris’s resilience, like the land itself, endures despite everything, and is portrayed with a lyrical intensity that echoes through the years and still resonates today.
“Sunset Song’s great gripping hybrid of melodrama and realism … left me scorched”
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“Chris Guthrie is the most passionate and appealing heroine in Scottish literature; Grassic Gibbon’s magnificent novel is fresh, powerful and timeless”
“This book may be read with delight the world over”
new York Times
“Beautifully written … While describing a way of life in decline, it also presents a vision of hope for the future via its strong female lead character”
independent On Sunday
“It is gritty and passionate and one of Scotland’s great 20th-century novels”
James Leslie Mitchell, ‘Lewis Grassic Gibbon’ (1901-35), was born and brought up in the rich farming land of Scotland’s North-East coast. After a brief journalistic career, he joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1919, serving in Persia, India and Egypt before he spent six years as a clerk in the RAF. He married Rebecca Middleton in 1925, and became a full-time writer in 1929. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories and essays and had seventeen full length books published before his untimely death at the age of thirty-four. He adopted his maternal grandmother’s name for his Scottish work including A Scots Quair: Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite. An unfinished novel, The Speak of the Mearns, was published posthumously in 1982.