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06 August 2020

Saltire Literary Awards 2017

30 November 2017

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, looking at the borderlines that exist between countries, cultures and people was announced as the Scottish Book of the Year by Magnus Linklater at the Saltire Literary Awards 2017. It also won the Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year. The author was very moved by her wins and said that she hoped the borders which are starting to be erected, will dissolve as borders have done before.

Describing the book, the judges noted: 'If ever there was a book for our times, it is Border: A journey to the Edge of Europe. It delves into the stories of when the lines that separate countries on the map harden once more after their Cold War thaw. It is at once timely and timeless, with Kassabova - the poet and travel writer by trade - blending skills to spin something truly magical, and sadly, entirely necessary.'

Now firmly established as Scotland's most prestigious annual book awards, the Saltire Society Literary Awards are supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct categories. The winner of each individual book award wins a £2,000 cash prize and goes forward to be considered for the Saltire Book of the Year award and an accompanying cash prize of £3,000. The 2017 category winners are:

The Publisher awards were also announced on 30 November. The winners were Birlinn (Publisher of the Year) and Laura Jones and Heather McDaid of 404 Ink (joint Emerging Publisher of the Year). See Saltire Publishers of the Year 2017.


The books on the shortlists were:

Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year Award, sponsored by Creative Scotland

Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award shortlist

Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year Award sponsored by the National Library of Scotland shortlist

Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award shortlist

 Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award shortlist

For more about the awards, see the Saltire Society website.