Merchiston Publishing

Edinburgh Napier University's Press, run by our postgraduate Publishing programme

Sunset Song

Merchiston Publishing is the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University. The publications – print, ebook and online – are managed by staff and powered by students on MSc Publishing.

Our Books to Bairns series provides books (and in some cases Teachers’ Resources) to children in schools and hospitals across Scotland, in particular, Edinburgh.

These books are provided free of charge. Teachers can request a class set of one book, or a selection of our books, or even single copies for their school library.

Please get in touch to find out more.

Sunset Song

Sunset Song_front_low_resWe created and donated 1,000 copies  to Edinburgh and Midlothian schools, and also among the people of the Mearns – where the book is set, and where Lewis Grassic Gibbon grew up.

We also produced an eBook and audiobook – the first time the text had been made available in this way. So this wonderful story, and the haunting words of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, are now available to people around the world.

ISBN: tbc
Format: paperback
Extent: c.400 pages
Price: c.£7.99 (free to schools)

Listed as one of the 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time.

Sunset Song is the first novel in the acclaimed Scots Quair trilogy by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Set in the fictional village of Kinraddie, in Kincardineshire, Scotland, the novel follows Chris Guthrie, an intelligent, sensitive young woman as she comes of age in the early 20th century.

Emotionally tied to the land, while also longing for the promises offered by education, Chris struggles to carve her own identity.

Written with an extraordinary command of language and rhythm, Sunset Song transpires against the larger backdrop of the coming of modernisation to Scotland and the passing of an age.

Books to Bairns
Our work focuses on providing books to disadvantaged readers. Books to Bairns is one of our initiatives. We edit, design, create, publish and distribute (donate) books to schools, hospitals, prisons and other institutional libraries. Find out more about our book advocacy:

The production of many of these titles is supported by charitable trusts and other bodies. Such copies are therefore distributed freely, although a handling charge may apply. To find out more, please email

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