Wednesday 6 November 2013

Scottish History Book and Research Book Awards Shortlists Announced!

Authors Battle it out for Coveted Academic Literary Awards.

Saltire Society Scottish Research Book and History Book of the Year Shortlists Announced

The Saltire Society is delighted to announce the shortlists for its two prestigious academic awards.

Awarded annually the Saltire Research and Saltire History Book of the Year Awards see books of Scottish cultural significance celebrated for their excellence. Past winners have included:

History: A Military History of Scotland edited by E. Spiers, J. Crang & M. Strickland and Adventurers and Exiles by Marjory Harper

Research: Scotland’s Books: The Penguin History of Scottish Literature by Robert Crawford and
Sorley Maclean/ Poems to Eimhir
by Christopher Whyte               



  • Death,Life and Religious Change in Scottish Towns, C. 1350 – 1560 by Mairi Cowan: Manchester University Press
  • An Enlightened Duke The Life of Archibald Campbell (1682-1761), Earl of Ilay, 3rd Duke of Argyll by Roger L. Emerson: Humming Earth
  • Scotland No More? The Scots who left Scotland in the Twentieth Century by Marjory Harper: Luath Press
  • The Firth of the Forth: An Environmental History by T.C. Smout and Mairi Stewart: Birlinn
  • Annie’s Loo: the Govan origins of Scotland’s Community Based Housing Associations by Raymond Young, Argyll Publishing



In association with The National Library of Scotland

  • A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable by Ian Crofton: Birlinn
  • Visions of Britain, 1730-1830 by Sebastian Mitchell: Palgrave McMillan
  • Nancy Brysson Morrison: A Literary Life by Mary Seenan by Kennedy and Boyd
  • The Sunlit Summit - The Life of W H Murray by Robin Lloyd-Jones: Sandstone Press

Jim Tough, Executive Director of the Saltire Society said of the Awards: The Saltire Literary Awards gave a great tradition of celebrating academic excellence and this year is no different. In the contenders for both the History and Research Books of the Year we see an exceptional range of works covering a diverse and fascinating range of topics. We are delighted to support the ambition and celebrate the expertise evident in these publications.

Winners of the Awards will be announced at a ceremony in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow on the 14th November from 4.30pm.  The Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and First Book of the Year will be announced at the ceremony.

For more information, to attend the Awards and for images of the shortlisted books and author’s please contact


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