McIlvanney Prize 2017 Winner


Congratulations to Denise Mina’s The Long Drop for winning this year McIlvanney Prize.

cover.jpg.rendition.460.707Lee Randall, chair of the judges said: ‘The Long Drop by Denise Mina transports us back to dark, grimy Glasgow, telling the social history of a particular strata of society via the grubby, smokey pubs favoured by crooks and chancers. She takes us into the courtroom, as well, where Manuel acted as his own lawyer, and where hoards of women flocked daily, to watch the drama play out. Full of astute psychological observations, this novel’s not only about what happened in the 1950s, but about storytelling itself. It shows how legends grow wings, and how memories shape-shift and mark us. For my money this is one of the books of 2017 — in any genre.’

Source: Bloody Scotland

At The Game’s is Afoot I have only read and reviewed The End of the Wasp Season. Probably, if I dig into my pile of books to be read,  I may find myself with some other book by Denise Mina. In fact. for quite a while now, I was interested in reading her Garnethill trilogy. But I look forward to reading soon The Long Drop, stay tuned.

Penguin UK publicity page

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6 thoughts on “McIlvanney Prize 2017 Winner

  1. I loved it, and strongly recommend it. I thought it gave a brilliantly realistic picture of the Glasgow of that time. Delighted to hear it won, and I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I thought it was excellent too – though very grim – partly because she is such a good writer and you really feel like you are back in that time and place

    1. Thank you very much Bernadette. Is good to know Mina is able to bring us back in time and place in this novel. I couldn’t agree more that she’s such a talented writer.

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