Sue Black wins Saltire book of the year

News - Prizes Monday, 03 December 2018

Awards for Leila Aboulela, Canongate, Charco Press


The Saltire Book of the Year award has gone to Sue Black for All That Remains (Doubleday). The judges described the book, an account of Black's professional encounters with mortal remains, as "curiously uplifting and life-affirming", and commented that "like all good memoirs... [it] reveals as much about the reader as the writer".

Black received £4,000 to add to her £2,000 prize for winning the non-fiction category at the awards. The other category winners were:

FICTION
Elsewhere, Home, Leila Aboulela (Telegram)

RESEARCH
What the Victorians Made of Romanticism, Tom Mole (Princeton)

HISTORY
The Drowned and the Saved, Les Wilson (Birlinn)

FIRST BOOK
Sal, Mick Kitson (Canongate)

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (£1,000)
Canongate

EMERGING PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
Carolina Orloff, Charco Press

A prize for "Most inspiring Saltire First Book award winner" went to Louise Welsh for The Cutting Room (Canongate), which won the award in 2002.

The awards are supported by Creative Scotland, Literature Alliance Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, Publishing Scotland, and the Scottish Historical Review Trust.

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