Shortlist announced for Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014
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About the shortlist
Bloody Scotland are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award 2014.
Some of the biggest names in Scottish crime writing have been joined by rising stars of the genre to compete for the prestigious prize. The winner will be announced at an award dinner during the festival on Saturday 20th September, and presented with a trophy, a cheque for £1000 and a bottle of Deanston single malt whisky.
The 2014 shortlisted titles are:
The vibrant and diverse nature of crime writing in Scotland is demonstrated by the presence of literary heavyweight Louise Welsh’s new series opener A Lovely Way to Burn, best-selling author Chris Brookmyre taking a change of direction into sci-fi crime thrillers and crime readers’ favourite Peter May, with Entry Island, a tightly plotted Hebridean murder mystery that delves into the islands’ dark past. These are emerging novelist Nicola White’s darkly creepy debut, In the Rosary Garden, Neil Broadfoot’s accomplished, Edinburgh-based thriller Falling Fast and Natalie Haynes twisted psychological thriller about teenage reform gone awry The Amber Fury.
About the award
The Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award provides Scottish crime writing with recognition and aims to raise the profile and prestige of the genre as a whole. Scottish roots are a must for competition applications: authors must either be born in Scotland, live there or set their books there. Crime fiction, non-fiction and anthologies of short crime stories are all eligible. Malcolm MacKay won the award in 2013 for How a Gunman Says Goodbye and Charles Cumming claimed the award in 2012 with A Foreign Country.
The 2014 shortlist was compiled from entries with help from Waterstone’s staff and readers across Scotland. The prize will be judged by our panel: former Scotsman editor Magnus Linklater, Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager for Literature at Creative Scotland, and Angie Crawford, Scottish Buyer at Waterstone’s.
Deanston Distillery’s support of Bloody Scotland fits well with its history and bloody past, including connections to the infamous murderers Burke and Hare. Originally established as a cotton mill in the 18th century, Deanston was transformed into a whisky distillery in 1966 and now produces award-winning hand-made Highland single malt.
Dine with the stars of crime writing
The Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award will be presented at Bloody Scotland festival, at a prestigious award dinner on Saturday 20th September in Stirling’s newest luxury hotel, The Colessio.
After the award presentation, guests will enjoy a fantastic three-course meal while meeting a selection of crime writers who will be hosting each table and mingling with guests.
Tickets are now on sale priced at £50 per person, with the ticket price including a three-course meal. Dress code: Smart but casual.
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