You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing

Judges Comments:

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.

Bloomsbury Publishing:

‘It’s delightful and fitting that Damian Barr, who is so vital to the heart of the modern Scottish literary scene, has been recognised by the brilliant Saltire Society Literary Awards – particularly for a book as vital to our times as You Will Be Safe Here, a novel that has rightly received rapturous critical acclaim.’

Damian Barr:

‘I’ve found some truly great books thanks to the light this award shines on fiction so I am incredibly honoured to be shortlisted and grateful to the judges for all their work.’