Lowborn by Kerry Hudson

Published by Chatto & Windus

Judges Comments:

Lowborn is a moving account that flicks back-and-forth between the scattered locations of Hudson’s youth and visits made during the writing of the book. The book’s warmth and humanity stuck with me – it does not seek to glamourise the author’s experiences on the fringes of society but presents an honest account of an experience that needs to be shared.

Chatto & Windus:

‘Publishing Lowborn has been such a proud experience for the whole of Vintage. Kerry has a powerful, important and often difficult story to tell, and she’s done so with superlative compassion and insight, both personal and political. We couldn’t be happier to see this hugely well-deserved shortlisting.’ Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director, Chatto & Windus.

Kerry Hudson:

‘It's no exaggeration to say that writing Lowborn, which was both a deeply personal and political experience for me, changed my life. But it was never meant to be only my story and that it has reached so many readers who have found some of their own lives in the pages has been a true gift. This shortlisting is a joy but it is not only mine but all those people in the Scottish towns I visited who so generously welcomed me back and shared their own lives with me.’