Imagine A Country

Ideas for a Better Future

Edited by Val McDermid & Edited by Jo Sharp

Imagine A Country by Val McDermid, Jo Sharp (Hardback ISBN 9781838851699) book cover

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Visions of a new future from an astonishing array of Scottish voices – edited by the bestselling author Val McDermid and Jo Sharp

The first step on the road to change is to imagine possibility.

Imagine A Country offers visions of a new future from an astonishing array of Scottish voices, from comedians to economists, writers to musicians. Edited, curated and introduced by bestselling author Val McDermid and geographer Jo Sharp, it is a collection of ideas, dreams and ambitions, aiming to inspire change, hope and imagination. Featuring:

ALI SMITH, PHILL JUPITUS, A.L. KENNEDY, ALAN CUMMING, KERRY HUDSON, GREG HEMPHILL, CAROL ANN DUFFY, CHRIS BROOKMYRE, ALISON WATT, ALASDAIR GRAY, LEILA ABOULELA, IAN RANKIN, SELINA HALES, SANJEEV KOHLI, JACKIE KAY, DAMIAN BARR, ELAINE C. SMITH, ABIR MUKHERJEE, ANNE GLOVER, ALAN BISSETT, LOUISE WELSH, JO CLIFFORD, RICKY ROSS, TRISHNA SINGH, CAMERON McNEISH, ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH, CARLA JENKINS, DON PATERSON, AND MANY MORE …


“The perfect book to read about Scotland in self-isolation … A fascinating and rich collection”
the National

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Edited by Val McDermid & Edited by Jo Sharp

Val McDermid is a number one bestselling and award-winning author, whose novels have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold over sixteen million copies. Jo Sharp is a Professor of Geography at the University of St Andrews. The pair entered into a civil partnership in 2016.


The first step on the road to change is to imagine possibility. In Imagine a Country, Val McDermid and Jo Sharp have asked almost 100 contributors to imagine their dream country. From comedians to economists, writers to musicians, they’ve gathered an astonishing array of Scottish voices to present their vision for the future.In the special virtual Aye Write event, Val and Jo are joined by contributors Chris Brookmyre, Jackie Kay, Phil Jupitus, Stuart Cosgrove, Bill Sweeney and Louise Welsh, who each share their vision for a hopeful future.