Scottish Book Awards

The Saltire Society Literary Awards (previously Scottish Arts Council’s Book Awards (Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards) seek to recognise books which are either, “living authors of Scottish descent or residing in Scotland,” or which deal with “the work or life of a Scot or with a Scottish question, event or situation.”
*Shirley has read it. DNF: Shirley did not finish it.  Links are to author websites

  • 2018 Book of the Year: All That Remains: A Life in Death, Sue Black Fiction: Leila Aboulela, Elsewhere, Home First Book of the Year: Mick Kitson, Sal,
  • 2017 Book of the Year: Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, Kapka Kassabova NonFictionFiction: Memory and Straw, Angus Peter CampbellFirst Book of the Year: Goblin, Ever Dundas
  • 2016 Book of the Year: The Bonniest Companie,  Kathleen Jamie Fiction: *His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet First Book of the Year: Trials: On Death brow in Pakistan, Isabel Buchanan; Expecting, Chitra Ramaswamy
  • 2015 Fiction: The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber First Book of the Year: On the Edges of Vision, Helen McClory
  • 2014 Saltire Literary Awards The Scottish Town in the Age of Enlightenment 1740-1820 Bob Harris and Charles McKeanLiterary Book of the Year: How to be Both, Ali SmithFirst Book of the Year: Moontide, Niall Campbell
  • 2013 Arts Council’s Book Awards: Gavin Francis, Empire Antarctica Fiction: Ewan Morrison, Close Your Eyes Saltire Literary Awards: Book of the Year: Something Like Happy John Burnside First Book of the Year: As Far As I Can See, Eunice Buchanan
  • 2012 Arts Council’s Book Awards: Janice Galloway, All Made Up Saltire Literary Awards Mo Said She was Quirky, James Kelman First Book: The Last Highlander: Scotland’s Most Notorious Clan-Chief, Rebel and Double Agent, Sarah Fraser
  • 2011 Arts Council’s Book Awards: Kay, Red Dust Road Saltire Literary Awards A Life in Pictures, Alasdair Gray First Book of the Year The echo chamber, Luke Williams
  • 2010 Arts Council’s Book Awards: Donald Worster, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir Fiction: John Aberdein, Strip the Willow First Book: Sarah Gabriel, Eating Pomegranates Saltire Literary Awards And the Land Lay Still, James Robertson First Book of the Year The History of Orkney Literature, Simon W. Hall; The Death of Lomond Friel, Sue Peebles