A biography of Robert Burns has taken the Book of the Year title at the Saltire Society Literary Awards. The announcement was made at a ceremony in the National Library of Scotland on St Andrew's Day (30 November).
Robert Crawford's book 'The Bard: Robert Burns, a biography' was also on the shortlist for the Homecoming Book of the Year award. This award, new for Homecoming Year and sponsored by the Scottish Government, went to Donald Worster for 'A passion for nature: The life of John Muir'.
The full list of award-winners for 2009 is:
- Book of the Year — 'The Bard: Robert Burns, a biography', by Robert Crawford (publishers: Jonathan Cape)
- Homecoming Award — 'A passion for nature: The life of John Muir', by Donald Worster (Oxford University Press)
- First Book of the Year — 'The Tin-Kin', by Eleanor Thom (Duckworth)
- History Book of the Year — 'A history of Scottish philosophy', by Alexander Broadie (Edinburgh University Press)
- National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year — 'The historical thesaurus of the English dictionary' (Oxford University Press)
27 November 2009