Stirling 21st - 23rd September 2018


McIlvanney Prize 2017 Winner

Posted on 8th September

We’re pleased to announce the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017 winner to be…

Denise Mina’s The Long Drop!

Lee Randall, chair of the judges said:

‘The Long Drop by Denise Mina transports us back to dark, grimy Glasgow, telling the social history of a particular strata of society via the grubby, smokey pubs favoured by crooks and chancers. She takes us into the courtroom, as well, where Manuel acted as his own lawyer, and where hoards of women flocked daily, to watch the drama play out.

Full of astute psychological observations, this novel’s not only about what happened in the 1950s, but about storytelling itself. It shows how legends grow wings, and how memories shape-shift and mark us.

For my money this is one of the books of 2017 — in any genre.’

Huge congratulations to Denise. More about Denise’s win throughout the Bloody Scotland weekend!


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