The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize shortlist has been revealed featuring comedian Frankie Boyle alongside a nomination for small indie Into Books.
Boyle is nominated for Meantime (John Murray), a picaresque detective story set against the backdrop of post-referendum Scotland. Into Books, a small indie that hasn’t yet published enough books to qualify for membership of Publishing Scotland, gets the nod for writer, DJ and musician George Paterson’s The Girl, The Crow, The Writer and The Fighter.
There is also a nomination for Edinburgh-based solicitor and podcaster Tariq Ashkanani’s Welcome to Cooper (Thomas & Mercer), a dark thriller set in small-town America. The book is joined by family history researcher and creative writing tutor Sarah Smith’s Hear No Evil (Two Roads), based on a true case from Scottish legal history about a young deaf woman accused of murder.
Completing the shortlist is journalist and children’s author Amanda Mitchison’s The Wolf Hunters (Fledgling Press), set in a brutal, chaotic Scotland of the near future.
Arusa Qureshi, a former editor of the Listreplaces Janice Forsyth as a judge for the Bloody Scotland Debut this year and she joins Kenny Tweeddale from sponsors The Glencairn Glass and Simon Lloyd from Waterstones.
The McIlvanney longlist and the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize shortlist will be promoted in bookshops throughout Scotland between now and the presentation on 15th September. The prizes are part of the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, which runs from 15th to 18th September at various venues in Stirling.