The Sound of My Voice was first published in 1987, when it came out to rave review coverage before fading into relative obscurity. That was until one Irvine Welsh restored the phenomenal novel to its rightful place as a classic (now cult classic) over a decade later : ‘Genuinely subversive, Butlin’s book is a stylistic triumph. A major novel’ – Irvine Welsh
We could not be more thrilled to celebrate the book’s snazzy re-release by Birlinn this spring – bookshop favourite Ron Butlin joins us to revisit the tale of Morris Magellan and introduce his flawed hero to new audiences.
You could take our word for it that this is one of the great Scottish novels of the last century, or you could let the following accolades convince you:
Winner of the Prix Mille Pages 2004 in Best Foreign Novel category
Winner of the Prix Lucioles 2005 in Best Foreign Novel category
Guardian’s 1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read (between Samuel Butler and Albert Camus)
The List’s 100 Best Scottish Books
or maybe these rather reliable sources might sway you:
‘Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality . . . One of the most inventive and daring novels ever to have come out of Scotland.’
– Ian Rankin
‘A profound and beautifully written study of human fragility in the face of the brutalism of modern life.’
– James Robertson
‘One of the class post-war Scottish novels. It’s simply a roaring success on all levels; it’s a genius piece of fiction.’
– Irvine Welsh
All that to say, The Sound of my Voice is modern masterpiece, raw, experimental Scottish fiction comparable to Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing or The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (according to The Bookseller’s Top Scottish Picks for 2018, and us). Join us for a tremendous (re)discovery party!