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HOORAH for the MCILVANNEY PRIZE FOR CRIME FICTION!

  08 Jun '22   |  Posted by: Birlinn

TWO POLYGON BOOKS INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S LONGLIST FOR THE McILVANNEY PRIZE 2022

Sponsored by The Glencairn Glass


In Bloody Scotland’s 10th Anniversary year, a longlist of ten outstanding books has been announced for the McIlvanney Prize 2022 – dominated by two Scottish independent publishers, Canongate and ourselves, Polygon:

A Matter of Time, Claire Askew (Hodder)

The Sound of Sirens, Ewan Galt (Leamington Books)

The Blood Tide, Neil Lancaster (Harpercollins)

From the Ashes, Deborah Masson (Transworld)

The Heretic, Liam McIlvanney (Harpercollins)

Rizzio, Denise Mina (Polygon)

May God Forgive, Alan Parks (Canongate)

A Corruption of Blood, Ambrose Parry (Canongate)

A Rattle of Bones, Douglas Skelton (Polygon)

The Second Cut, Louise Welsh (Canongate)

Bob McDevitt, Director of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival said:
‘I’m so pleased to see such an excellent longlist of books in the running for this year’s McIlvanney prize. Police procedurals dominate this year, set all around Scotland and from the 1970s to the present day, along with a few striking historical novels (set before the 1970s!) and some contemporary Glasgow noir. Once again, the judges have their work cut out for them!’

The McIlvanney Prize longlist will now be whittled down to a shortlist and final winner by judges Ayo Onatade, winner of the CWA Red Herring Award and freelance crime fiction critic, Janice Forsyth, presenter of the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland and Ewan Wilson, crime fiction buyer from Waterstones Glasgow.

Kirsty Nicholson, Glencairn’s Design and Marketing Manager commented: 
‘This is our third year of sponsoring the McIlvanney Prize with the Glencairn Glass and once again we’re delighted to see such an exciting longlist for the award. Congratulations to all the authors who have made it this far. The books featured on the longlist provide the perfect opportunity to discover the best in crime fiction alongside a wee dram of whisky in the world’s favourite whisky glass.’

Finalists for the McIlvanney Prize will be revealed at the beginning of September. The winner will be revealed in Stirling on Thursday 15 September.


Free Samples


Read samples of Rizzio and A Rattle of Bones right here

Rizzio by Denise Mina

Rattle of Bones by Douglas Skelton

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