Sunset Song

Our Project

As part of our MSc Publishing studies in 2009/2010, we are publishing Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s best-loved novel, Sunset Song, as both a free paperback book and, for the first time in the UK, a free eBook (which will be available to download from this website in the coming months).

This book is designed to respect and to pay homage to the land which inspired the Grassic Gibbon novel; the rural farming community of The Mearns, in North East Scotland. To do this, we have included photographs of both the landscape as it was at the time, and of family life, along with a Scots glossary and discussion of Grassic Gibbon’s language. We will also be including contributions from several individuals, most notably from Vivien Heilbron, the actress who played the heroine, Chris Guthrie, in the hugely successful TV adaptation.

In order to truly pay tribute to the landscape, and people, who inspired Grassic Gibbon’s work, we have decided to literally bring the book home and are distributing free copies to households and communities across the Mearns region as a way of returning the book to its roots in the year of the 75th anniversary of Grassic Gibbon’s death.

If you are not lucky enough to live in North East Scotland, we are also producing a free eBook that will be available to download to your computer or to an eBook reader anywhere in the world in the very near future. Our eBook has been designed to bring the landscape of Sunset Song to life on the screen, with colour illustrations for every chapter that make the story even more vivid, together with fascinating insights from people who know this book best.

Bringing such a well-loved and beautifully written book through to publication has been an incredible and challenging adventure for all of us on the postgraduate publishing course. We hope that you enjoy reading the book or the eBook just as much as we have enjoyed producing them!

For more information, including podcasts and videos by the team, please visit our website.

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