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Three Polygon authors on both the long and shortlists for the McIlvanney Prize 2019

Three Polygon authors on both the long and shortlists for the McIlvanney Prize 2019
01 July 2019

The longlist for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize, formally known as The Sottish Crime Book of the Year, has been announced. We are pleased to report that A Breath on Dying Embers by Denzil Meyrick and Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton have been included. And this year’s shortlist for the Debut Prize includes Bill Jones’s Black Camp 21.

The full list of titles on the lists, chosen by an independent panel of readers and booksellers, is as follows:

All the Hidden Truths, Claire Askew (Hodder)
No Man’s Land, Neil Broadfoot (Little, Brown)
Fallen Angel, Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
Breakers, Doug Johnstone (Orenda)
All That’s Dead, Stuart MacBride (Harper Collins)
In the Silence, M.R. Mackenzie (Bloodhound Books)
Broken Ground, Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
A Breath on Dying Embers, Denzil Meyrick (Polygon)
Conviction, Denise Mina (Vintage)
The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry (Canongate) aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman
In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin (Orion)
A Treachery of Spies, Manda Scott (Transworld)
Thunder Bay, Douglas Skelton (Polygon)

Of the five authors shortlisted for the debut prize, two – Claire Askew and M.R. Mackenzie - have also made the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize:

All the Hidden Truths, Claire Askew (Hodder)
From the Shadows, G.R. Halliday (Vintage)
Black Camp 21, Bill Jones (Polygon)
In the Silence, M.R. Mackenzie (Bloodhound)
The Peat Dead, Allan Martin (Thunderpoint)

The finalists for the McIlvanney Prize 2019 will be revealed at the beginning of September and selected by Alison Flood, books reporter for the Guardian and a former news reporter for the Bookseller; James Crawford, chair of Publishing Scotland and presenter of BBC series, Scotland from the Sky; and Stuart Cosgrove, writer and broadcaster who was formerly a senior executive at Channel 4. The debut prize will be judged by a panel from the board of Bloody Scotland, including crime writers Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson, Gordon Brown and Abir Mukherjee. Everyone on the debut shortlist will be invited to join the debut panel at the festival on Saturday 21 September.

Both the opening ceremony and the torchlight procession are open to the public but tickets are selling fast so people are urged to book them now. All longlisted authors are invited to join the procession and will get a complimentary ticket to the reception.