Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Shortlist 2011

The four category winners for the 2011 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards have been announced, and the four books will make up the shortlist for the overall Book of the Year prize. The Awards, run in partnership with Creative Scotland, are worth £5,000, with a further £25,000 prize for the overall winner.

The four shortlisted books will now go forward to a public vote, and the overall winner will be announced at an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

The four category winners are:

Fiction: Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
Non-Fiction: Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
Poetry: The Breakfast Room by Stewart Conn
First Book: The Death of Lomond Friel by Sue Peebles

Gavin Wallace, Creative Scotland Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Language, Creative Scotland, said;

"Moving from Sudan to Cairo, Glasgow to Lagos, Scotland’s central belt to the east coast, from joyful affirmation to the ungovernable pain of loss, this is a shortlist of myriad journeys, physical and spiritual, of an astonishing range and eclecticism of styles that truly reflect a mature literary culture. As well as rewarding sheer literary excellence, it is equally our aim that these Awards, and the new public vote, encourage people to enjoy the joys of reading, and sharing reading."

You will be able to cast your vote for the Book of the Year 2011 at the Scottish Book Awards website.

  • Cover scan of The Breakfast Room
    The Breakfast Room
    Stewart Conn - Paperback - Bloodaxe
    The waif-like figure peering from Bonnard's 'The Breakfast Room' instils a sense of mystery and marginality in Stewart Conn's title-poem. Among other portents of transience in his latest collection are two briefly glimpsed duck shooters.
  • Cover scan of The Death Of Lomond Friel
    The Death Of Lomond Friel
    Sue Peebles - Paperback - Vintage
    A debut novel about a family in crisis, written with compassion, humour and grace. A young woman's life is thrown into disarray when her father has a stroke.
  • Cover scan of Lyrics Alley
    Lyrics Alley
    Leila Aboulela - Hardback - Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    Set in 1950s Sudan, this novel is the story of the powerful and sprawling Abuzied dynasty. With Mahmoud Bey at its helm, the family can do no wrong. But when Mahmoud's son, Nur - the brilliant, charming heir to his business empire - suffers a near-fatal accident, his hopes of university and a glittering future are dashed.
  • Cover scan of Red Dust Road
    Red Dust Road
    Jackie Kay - Paperback - Picador
    In this revelatory and redemptive book Jackie Kay tells the story of her own life. It is a book about belonging and beliefs, strangers and family, biology and destiny and what makes us who we are.

Monday 16th May 2011

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