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Frankie Boyle scoops first prize in summer book poll

The book written by the leading Glasgow comic Frankie Boyle has been voted as the nation’s favourite summer read.

My S*** Life So Far by Boyle came top of the list of 20 books in the Tesco Bank Summer Read, which was supported by The Herald.

The winner was unveiled last night at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Central Library on George IV Bridge.

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The Summer Read has been running since March this year in 554 libraries across Scotland.

The shortlist ranged across different reading tastes, levels and formats and featured books by, among others, William Boyd, Allan Massie, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Rankin, Karen Campbell and Alexander McCall Smith.

Since the scheme began, tens of thousands of the shortlisted books have been taken out at libraries across Scotland; in Glasgow Libraries alone more than 9000 books have been borrowed and in Edinburgh more than 4000 have been taken out across the participating libraries.

Readers voted via The Herald’s website, www. heraldscotland.com for their favourite book out of the 20 and Boyle’s autobiography won, beating Ian Rankin’s The Complaints to second.

Cocoa and Crabs / Coco is Crubagan: A Hebridean Childhood by Flora MacDonald came third.

Boyle received just more than 14% of the vote, with Rankin on just under 12% and MacDonald on 11%.

Fourth place went to After The Fire by Karen Campbell, fifth to Transition by Iain Banks, and sixth to Pandaemonium by Christopher Brookmyre.

The 20 books are all either set in Scotland or written by Scottish authors.

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