RCW Authors Shotlisted for Saltire Society Award

We are pleased to announce that four of our authors feature on the shortlist for the Saltire Society’s Fiction Book of the Year Award 2017:

Jason Donald  Dalila

James Kelman – That Was a Shiver

Bernard MacLaverty  Midwinter Break

Denise MinaThe Long Drop

Widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards are organised by the Saltire Society, a non-political independent charity founded in 1936 which aims to celebrate the Scottish imagination.

The winner will be announced on 30th November, Saint Andrew’s Day.

For more information about the prize, please see here.

(Agent for Jason Donald: Sam Copeland; Agent for James Kelman and Bernard MacLaverty: Gill Coleridge; Agent for Denis Mina: Peter Robinson)

Denise Mina Wins Gordon Burn Prize

We are delighted to announce that Denise Mina has won the Gordon Burn Prize for The Long Drop.

The prize seeks to reward a title which represents the spirit and sensibility of the writer Gordon Burn.  One of the judges, Ian Sansom, said: “Denise Mina’s The Long Drop is a truly startling and shocking work whose great literary ambition and inventiveness is matched by its moral complexity. In the opinion of the judges, the book upholds and continues that great tradition of literature both as a form of radical inquiry and as great pleasure, epitomised in the work of Gordon Burn.”

For more information about the prize, please see here.

(Agent for Denise Mina: Peter Robinson)

Alys Conran Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

We are delighted to hear that Pigeon by Alys Conran has been shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2017.

Administered by Literature Wales, the award is presented to the best Welsh-language and English-language works first published in the preceding year in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony on Monday 13th November in Cardiff.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Alys Conran: Jenny Hewson)

Hisham Matar wins Geschwister-Scholl Preis

We are delighted to announce that Hisham Matar has won the Geschwister-Scholl Preis for The Return.

The prize is awarded in memory of Hans and Sophie Scholl and aims to encourage works of writing that promote intellectual, moral and aesthetic courage.

The prize will be awarded on the 20th of November in Munich, as part of the Munich Literature Festival.

For more information about the prize, please see here.

The Return is published by Luchterhand in Germany and by Viking in the UK.

(Agent for Hisham Matar: Georgia Garrett)

RCW Authors Shortlisted for Readers Awards

We are thrilled to see that so many of our authors have been shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith and The End We Start From by Megan Hunter are on the shortlist for the Novel Award.

East West Street by Philippe Sands has been shortlisted for the Non-Fiction Award.

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell is on the Middle Grade shortlist.

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee has been shortlisted for the Breakthrough Author Award.

The shortlists have been curated by bookshops, and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are the only major awards voted for by readers themselves. Running for a second year, the awards consist of shortlists across eight categories.

For more information about the awards and to vote for your favourite books, please see here.

(Agent for Zadie Smith and Philippe Sands: Georgia Garrett; Agent for Megan Hunter: Emma Paterson; Agent for Katherine Rundell: Claire Wilson; Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland)