Category: miscellaneous

McIlvanney Prize 2017 Longlist Announced

mcilvanneyheader2017The longlist which has been chosen by an independent panel of readers and features 6 male and 6 female writers, established authors and debut writers, small Scottish publishers and large London houses, is:

Lin Anderson – None But the Dead (Macmillan)
Chris Brookmyre – Want You Gone (Little, Brown)
Ann Cleeves – Cold Earth (Macmillan)
Helen Fields – Perfect Remains (Harper Collins)
Val McDermid – Out of Bounds (Little, Brown)
Claire MacLeary – Cross Purpose (Contraband)
Denise Mina – The Long Drop (Random House)
Owen Mullen – Games People Play (Bloodhound)
Ian Rankin – Rather Be the Devil (Orion)
Craig Robertson – Murderabilia (Simon and Schuster)
Craig Russell – The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid (Quercus)
Jay Stringer – How to Kill Friends & Implicate People (Thomas & Mercer)

So far I’ve read Ian Rankin’s Rather Be the Devil and Craig Russell’s The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid. (To access my review click on the book title)

I’ve started to read today Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds and I’m looking forward to reading Ann Cleeves’ Cold Earth and Denise Mina’s The Long Drop.

The judges will be chaired by Director of Granite Noir, Lee Randall, comedian and crime fiction fan, Susan Calman and journalist, Craig Sisterson who between them cover three continents. The finalists will be revealed at the beginning of September and the winner announced at Bloody Scotland Opening Gala on Friday 8 September 2017 at Stirling Castle, Tolbooth and The Albert Halls.

Previous winners are Chris Brookmyre with Black Widow 2016, Craig Russell with The Ghosts of Altona in 2015, Peter May with Entry Island in 2014, Malcolm Mackay with How A Gunman Says Goodbye in 2013 and Charles Cumming with A Foreign Country in 2012.

OT: Waterfall in the Guadalix River

At scarcely 40 km from Madrid, the Guadalix river provides some alternatives to gat away from the noise of the big city and a very pleasant walk along the river bank.

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OT: He Won’t Ever Be Gone – Willie Nelson

 

‘Skateboard hero’ Ignacio Echeverria confirmed dead by grieving family after London terror attack

London_Bridge_attack_mapRead the full article here.

By the way, the behaviour of the UK authorities has been incomprehensible, unsatisfactory and regrettable, with regard to the identification of his body.

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