History Book of the Year


The 2017 History Book of the Year Award Panel have made the hard decision to not make an award this year. Commenting on their decision, Convener of the Awards, Professor Christopher Whatley said:


The Scottish History Book of the Year panel decided not to make the award this year.

This we greatly regret. Several publishers submitted titles. Some of these failed to meet the standards we expect to make such a prestigious award, supported by our sponsors The Scottish Historical Review Trust. Other titles didn’t meet our criteria. These include high quality research and analysis, originality, an accessible writing style and high production values. Books should be about Scotland. Perhaps this was simply a disappointing year, and the normal flow of exceptional books on Scotland’s history will recommence in time for the 2018 award. It is up to Scottish historians to rise to the challenge, and for their publishers to recommend their best titles to the Society. We look forward next year to returning to our usual difficult task of deciding between the best works in Scottish history.