2009 Saltire Literary Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the Saltire Literary Awards was released in November 2009. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in the National Library of Scotland on Monday 30 November. Read more in our news story.

Book of the Year

  • 'The Gate of Air', by James Buchan, published by Quercus
  • 'The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography', by Robert Crawford, published by Jonathan Cape
  • 'Fighting I', by Regi Claire, published by Two Ravens Press
  • 'This is Not About Me',by Janice Galloway, published by Granta
  • 'What Becomes', by Alison Kennedy, published by Jonathan Cape
  • 'When I Heard the Bell: The Loss of The Iolaire', by John MacLeod, published by Birlinn.

First Book of the Year

  • 'Chokechain', by Jason Donald, published by Jonathan Cape
  • 'Eating Pomegranates', by Sarah Gabriel, published by Jonathan Cape
  • 'Cainnt na Caileige Caillte', by Alison Lang, published by Ùr-Sgeul (CLÀR)
  • 'Chapel at the Edge of the World', by Kirsten McKenzie, published by John Murray
  • 'The Tinkin' by Eleanor Thom, published by Duckworth.

Homecoming Award

  • 'The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography', by Robert Crawford, published by Jonathan Cape
  • 'The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables', by Seamus Heaney, published by Faber and Faber
  • 'The Lamplighter', by Jackie Kay, published by Bloodaxe Books
  • 'Piano Angel', by Esther Woolfson, published by Two Ravens Press
  • 'A Passion for Nature' by Donald Worster, published by Oxford University Press.

National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year

  • 'The Historical Thesaurus of the English Dictionary', published by Oxford University Press
  • 'The History of Scottish Philosophy', by Alexander Broadie, published by Edinburgh University Press
  • 'Edinburgh: A History of the City', by Michael Fry, published by Macmillan
  • 'A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir,' by Donald Worster, published by Oxford University Press.

History Book of the Year

  • 'The History of Scottish Philosophy', by Alexander Broadie, published by Edinburgh University Press
  • 'From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795', by James E Fraser, published by Edinburgh University Press
  • 'Edinburgh: A History of the City', by Michael Fry, published by Macmillan
  • 'Homage to Caledonia', by Daniel Gray, published by Luath Press
  • 'From Peat Bog to Conifer Forest', by Ruth Tittensor, published by Packard Publishing Limited.


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