by Leila Aboulela
published by Weidenfeld& Nicolson
Three Scottish muslim women travel from Dundee to the highlands, seeking the grave of lady EvylinCobald, the first Western woman to go to Mecca. The book blends elements of Celtic and Arabic folklore and religion, opening up fascinating perspectives on Scottish landscape and history.
You Will Be Safe Here
by Damian Barr
published by Bloomsbury Publishing
A memorable debut novel that beautifully captures the cruel shifts of South African history on the lines of different generations. This story is told with great care and delicacy, and the accumulated emotion is used to deliver an ending that will not quickly relinquish its grip on the reader.
by Polly Clark
published by RiverRun Books
This journey into the last wilderness for a damaged and intriguing heroine goes for the jugular in every way, with a lyrical and visceral evocation of place and people that seized and awed the judges.
By Lucy Ellmann
published by Galley Beggar Press
The judges found this a brilliant and brutal, vast and experimental exploration of a woman’s mind. This breaks new ground in terms of its bold approach, and of what it demands from and gives to readers.
CòigDuilleagannaSeamraig (Five Leaves of the Shamrock)
by RuairidhMacIlleathain (Roddy MacLean)
published by CLÀR
Ruairidh Maclean delivers an excellent historical thrilled that breaks new ground in Gaelic fiction. His strong, believable characters, his attention to detail and beautifully rich fluent language draws in the most reluctant Gaelic reader and immerses them in an hugely enjoyable narrative.
by Euan Morrison
published by Little, Brown Book Group/Fleet imprint
A great feat of imagination, showing digital modernity through the eyes of a young woman emerging from a lifetime within the confines of a Maoist commune. An incisive and witty critique of both Marist ideology and a 24/7 world of contemporary capitalism.