Publishing Round-Up: 30th November 2015.

Saltire Society Literary Awards 2015 

The Saltire Society Literary Awards were held on Thursday 26th November in Edinburgh’s Central Hall.

Freight Books took home the title of Publisher of the Year with Floris Books and Black and White receiving commendations. This follows Sandstone Press’s win in 2014 and Saraband’s inaugural win in 2013.

Michel Faber was the big winner of the night taking home both Fiction Book of the Year and overall Scottish Book of the Year for The Book of Strange New Things.

The SYP Scotland shadow panels’ verdicts compared with the panels’ are to appear on the Books from Scotland website with the First Book verdicts up on the site now.

Read more about the winners across the categories here.


Top 7 books of 2015 as voted by top Scottish figures

The Herald asked Scotland’s most influential authors, politicians, poets, publishers, historians and other notable bookworms for their favourite books of the year.

  1. Don Paterson – 40 Sonnets
  2. Kathleen James – The Bonniest Companie
  3. Kirstin Innes – Fishnet
  4. Anne Tyler Thread – A Spool of Blue
  5. Barton Swaim – The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
  6. Andrew Nicoll – The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne
  7. Sarah Hall – The Wolf Border

Read more about the list here.

Top books of 2015 as chosen by 50 Scottish literary figures

The Herald has listed further top books of 2015 including numerous Scottish titles.

  • Alexander McCall Smith praised ‘Scotland, A History from Earliest Times’ (Birlinn) and ‘The Brain: the Story of You’ (Canongate).
  • Kerry Hudson praised ‘Doubling Back’ (Freight)
  • Alex Gray praised ‘The Limits of the World’ (Freight) and ‘Follow Me’ (Strident)
  • James Robertson praised ‘The Music and the Land’ (Birilinn), ‘Truestory’ (Sandstone), Fios (Tapsalteerie)
  • Chris Dolan praised ‘His Bloody Project’ (Saraband/Contraband), ‘Moon Country’ (Vagabond Voices)

And many other recommendations can be found here.


World Book Night 2016 list criticised for lack of diversity

The Reading Agency has responded to criticism about the lack of ethnic diversity among authors chosen for the World Book Night 2016 list, saying it is a “great shame” that there are no Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers included.

The full list of World Book Night titles for 2016 are:

1.       Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne (Usborne)
2.       Band of Brothers by Stephen E Ambrose (Simon & Schuster)
3.       I Can’t Begin to Tell You by Elizabeth Buchan (Michael Joseph)
4.       Last Bus to Coffeeville by J. Paul Henderson (Oldcastle)
5.       Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy (Pan Macmillan)
6.       Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton (Transworld)
7.       Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse (Head of Zeus)
8.       Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig  (Canongate)
9.       Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Hachette Children’s)
10.   Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary (Headline)
11.   The Baby at the Beach Café (Quick Read), Lucy Diamond (Pan Macmillan)
12.   The Rotters’ Club, Jonathan Coe (Penguin General)
13.   Too Good to be True (Quick Read), Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
14.   Treachery, S. J. Parris (HarperCollins)
15.   Whispering Shadows, Jan-Phillip Sendker (Birlinn)

Read more about the controversy here.

The Guardian’s best books of 2015 (part 1)

Compelling fiction, a game-changing biography and a 900-page whopper for food nerds – writers reveal which of the past year’s books they have most enjoyed.

The list includes Kate Atkinson, Robert Macfarlane, Anne Tyler, Dan Boothby, Ali Smith, Marlon James, Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and more.

See the full list so far here.

Book Week Scotland 2016

Book Week Scotland 2016 took place last week all over Scotland across hundreds of events.

Check out the #BookWeekScot hashtag on Twitter to catch up with all the happenings over the week.

Read more about Book Week Scotland here.


Black Friday vs Civilised Saturday 


Numerous publishers jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon, said to have been brought over to the UK from the US by Amazon. Amazon are running their ‘“Biggest Ever Black Friday Deals Week” since Monday, advertising “up to 50% off on thousands of products” with “new deals every 10 minutes”.

In books, this has included 67% of Minecraft books, 50% off Guinness World Records 2016, and more than 200 Kindle books for 99p. Customers have also been offered £30 off a Kindle Paperwhite and £10 off a Kindle with Touchscreen Display.’

‘This year the Booksellers Association has encouraged booksellers to participate in “Civilised Saturday” on 28th November as the antithesis to the “mayhem” of Black Friday.

Many indies are taking part, holding author events events, Christmas gift-wrapping services and offering their customers prosecco to drink while they shop.’

Read more about Black Friday and Civilised Saturday here.


Anne Enright wins Irish novel of the year

‘Anne Enright has won the Irish novel of the year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015, during a ceremony which also saw prizes given to J P Donleavy, Louise O’Neill, Eoin Colfer and Niall Breslin.

Enright won the Eason book club novel of the year award for The Green Road (Jonathan Cape), whilst Donleavy was given the Bob Hughes lifetime achievement award. He was presented with the award by actor Johnny Depp, who is producing a film version of Donleavy’s 1955 novel The Ginger Man, via videolink.’

Read more about the award here.

Andrew McMillan first poet to win Guardian First Book award

Andrew McMillan has become the first poet to win the £10,000 Guardian First Book Award with his “elegantly poised and intimate” collection of poems, Physical (Jonathan Cape).

The win gives Cape its second victory in a row, after Colin Barrett’s short story collection Young Skins took the prize in 2014.

McMillan’s collection is said to explore the anxieties of modern man, “reaching out from the experiences of gay men wrestling with their emotions and each others’ bodies to chart the gaps between appearance and reality in contemporary culture,” the Guardian said.

Read more about the award here.




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