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Victoria MacKenzie wins The Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award 2023

The Saltire Society announced the winners of 2023 Scotland’s National Book Awards, and The Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award awarded to Victoria MacKenzie for her book For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy on my Little Pain (published by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc).  The Judging panel called it. “Sublime is the only word that could be used to describe this book. It sets itself apart by the both the unusualness of its story (God, visions, the rejection of a regular life) and the quality of its telling. At some points, with its condensed, accurate language and sense of beauty, it veered close to poetry.”

Scotland’s National Book Awards have been awarded by the Saltire Society since 1937.  All entrants must be born in Scotland, live in Scotland or their books must be about Scotland.  The winner of each category receives a bespoke Award created by Inverness-based artist Simon Baker of Evergreen Studios and the winners of the Literary Awards each receive a cash prize of £2,000 with the winner of the Saltire Society Book of the Year receiving a further £4,000. 

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