Our Projects Our Awards Scotland's National Book Awards 2018: History Shortlist Awardee Les Wilson, The Drowned and the Saved, (Birlinn Ltd). In 1918, two ships carrying American soldiers were sunk off the coast of Islay. Based on the personal recollection of survivors and rescuers, newspaper reports and original research, Wilson paints a vivid picture which also pays tribute to the bravery of the islanders who risked their lives pulling men from the sea, caring for survivors and burying the dead. Shortlistees Edward Corp, Sir David Nairne. The Life of a Scottish Jacobite at the Court of the Exiled Stuarts, (Peter Lang Ltd). David Nairne was actively involved in the administration of Jacobite politics, yet his name is not well known to most historians. This biography aims to restore him to the prominent position he occupied at the time. The chance survival of many of his papers made it possible for Corp to reconstruct a full account of Nairne’s life. Michael Anderson, Scotland's Populations from the 1850s to Today, (Oxford University Press). A comprehensive and well-balanced analysis of Scottish population history from 1850 to the present day. In this book Anderson contextualises regional patterns of migration, fertility and mortality, and sets current and recent population changes in their long-term context. JH Elliott, Scots & Catalans, (Yale). This first sustained comparative study uncovers the similarities and the contrasts between the Scottish and Catalan experiences across a five-hundred-year period, beginning with the royal marriages that brought about union with their more powerful neighbors and following the story through the centuries until today’s dramatic events. Valerie Wallace, Scottish Presbyterianism and Settler Colonial Politics: Empire of Dissent, (Palgrave Macmillan). This book offers a new interpretation of political reform in the settler colonies of Britain’s empire in the early nineteenth century and examines the influence of Scottish Presbyterian dissenting churches. It re-evaluates five notorious Scottish reformers, weaving their stories together and demonstrating how the campaigns they led came to be intertwined. • Cairns Craig, The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and Independence, (Edinburgh University Press). In this study, Craig analyses how Scottish culture defined itself within the British Empire and how it recovered from the collapse of the Empire to rebuild the value of its cultural past. Craig also explores the influence that modern Scottish writers and artists have had on contemporary Scottish nationalism.