Saltire Society Literary Awards - Winning Books

1995 Winners

Best First Book
Free Love and Other Stories by Ali Smith

1996

Book of the Year
The Kiln by William McIlvanney
Best First Book
Slattern by Kate Clanchy

1997

Book of the Year
Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
Best First Book
A Painted Field by Robin Robertson

1998

Book of the Year
The Sopranos by Alan Warner
Best First Book
The Pied Piper's Poison by Christopher Wallace
Best First Book
Two Clocks Ticking by Dennis O'Donnell
Research Book of the Year
The Edinburgh History of the Scots Language ed. Charles Jones

1999

Book of the Year
Pursuits by George Bruce
Best First Book
Some Rain Must Fall by Michel Faber
Research Book of the Year
The Poems of William Dunbar ed. Priscilla Bawcutt

2000

Book of the Year
The Lantern Bearers by Ronald Frame
Best First Book
The Rising Sun by Douglas Galbraith
Commendation
Collected Poems and Songs by Hamish Henderson
Research Book of the Year
Jessie Kesson: Writing Her Life by Isobel Murray
The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society by William Donaldson

2001

Book of the Year
Medea by Liz Lochhead
Best First Book
In The Blue House by Meaghan Delahunt
Research Book of the Year
The Scottish Book Trade 1500 - 1720 by Alistair J Mann

2002

Book of the Year
Clara by Janice Galloway
First Book of the Year
Burns the Radical by Liam McIlvanney
First Book of the Year
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
Research Book of the Year
Sorley Maclean/Poems to Eimhir by Christopher Whyte
Public Sculpture of Glasgow by Ray McKenzie

2003

Book of the Year
Joseph Knight by James Robertson
First Book of the Year
Ath-Aithne by Martainn Mac an t-Soair
Lifetime Achievement Award
Edwin Morgan
Lifetime Achievement Award
Robin Jenkins
Research Book of the Year
The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection by Emily B Lyle & Katherine Campbell

2004

Book of the Year
In Another Light by Andrew Greig
First Book of the Year
Stargazing by Peter Hill
Research Book of the Year
The Last of England? by Randall Stevenson
Maritime Enterprise and Empire by J Forbes Munro

2005

Book of the Year
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
First Book of the Year
Amande's Bed by John Aberdein
Research Book of the Year
Weights and Measures in Scotland by RD Connor and ADC Simpson

2006

Book of the Year
A Lie About My Father by John Burnside
First Book of the Year
George MacKay Brown The Life by Maggie Fergusson
Research Book of the Year
Dùthchas Nan Gàidheal Selected Essays of John MacInnes by Michael Newton

2007

Book of the Year
Day by A L Kennedy
First Book of the Year
Fresh by Mark McNay
Research Book of the Year
Scotland's Books by Robert Crawford
Auld Campaigner, A Life of Alexander Scott by David Robb
History Book of the Year
The Scots and the Union by Christopher Whately

2008

Book of the Year
Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman
First Book of the Year
The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll
Research Book of the Year
Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh by Ian Duncan

2009

2009 included a special award, sponsored by the Scottish Government, to celebrate the Year of Homecoming.

Book of the Year
The Bard by Robert Crawford
First Book of the Year
The Tin-Kin by Eleanor Thom
History Book of the Year
A History of Scottish Philosophy by Alexander Broadie
Research Book of the Year
The Historical Thesaurus of the English Dictionary
Homecoming Award
A Passion for Nature by Donald Worster

2010

Book of the Year
And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson
First Book of the Year
The History of Orkney Literature by Simon Hall and
The Death of Lomond Friel by Sue Peebles
History Book of the Year
Whaur Extremes Meet by Catriona M M Macdonald
Research Book of the Year
Robert Burns & Pastoral by Nigel Leask and
Adam Smith by Nicholas Phillipson

2011

Book of the Year
A Life in Pictures by Alasdair Gray
First Book of the Year
The Echo Chamber by Luke Williams
History Book of the Year
The Inner Life of Empires by Emma Rothschild
Research Book of the Year
Beyond the Last Dragon by James McGonigal

2012

Book of the Year
Mo Said She was Quirky by James Kelman
First Book of the Year
The Last Highlander by Sarah Fraser
History Book of the Year
A Military History of Scotland by E. Spiers, J. Crang & M. Strickland
Research Book of the Year
Scotland: Mapping the Nation by Christopher Fleet

About the Saltire Awards

The Saltire Society Awards for Scottish Book of the Year and Scottish First Book of the Year, were the brainchild of Paul Scott, the well-known member of the Saltire Society, and have been running for over 25 years.

Books are submitted for the awards by publishers, editors of the national newspapers and magazines, and from suggestions by panel members. The definitions are:

'They may be given for any book by an author or authors of Scottish descent or living in Scotland, or for any book which deals with the work or life of a Scot or with a Scottish question, event or situation. The book might be poetry, a novel, a play or other work of imaginative literature, or biography, literary criticism or a study of any Scottish issue. Books of multiple authorship would not normally qualify.'

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