Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald

Published by Profile Books

Judges Comments:

'Engaging and intimate, an effortless blend of research and narrative, Escape from Earth evokes a child-like wonder in the reader. Taking subject material which may have been dry in another’s hands, Fraser MacDonald has created a prosaic story among the stars.'

Profile Books:

'Escape from Earth a really special book – an amazing story that completely upends our picture of the space race – and it is wonderful to see it recognised on the Saltire First Book shortlist. I am keeping my fingers crossed.'


Fraser MacDonald:

'Like the rocket it describes, Escape From Earth was rather a long time in preparation which makes it all the more satisfying that it has been shortlisted for this award.'