Michel Faber wins Saltire Book of the Year Award
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber has been named Book of the Year at the 2015 Saltire Literary Awards in Edinburgh
Faber's novel also picked up the Fiction Book of the Year at the ceremony at Edinburgh's Central Hall this evening. Speaking to The Skinny in 2014, Faber stated that The Book of Strange New Things will be his final novel – read our interview on his plans for the future and the difficult process behind the novel.
Elsewhere, Edinburgh-based poet Ryan Van Winkle was awarded the Poetry Book of the Year for his collection The Good Dark, Freight Books were named Publisher of the Year, while Helen McClory's debut novel On The Edges of Vision won Saltire's First Book Award. Read McClory's guide to the "craft" behind writing a first novel.
Read the full list of Saltire Literary Award winners below. Michel Faber discusses the film adaptation of his 2000 novel Under the Skin following a screening of the film at Filmhouse, Edinburgh on Sun 29 Nov as part of Book Week Scotland – read our guide to the pick of this year's Book Week Scotland events.
Saltire Literary Awards winners in full:
Scottish Book of the Year Award – The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber [Canongate]
Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award (supported by the Scottish Poetry Library) – The Good Dark by Ryan Van Winkle [Penned in the Margins]
Scottish Fiction Book of the Year Award – The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber [Canongate]
Scottish First Book of the Year Award – On the Edges of Vision by Helen McClory [Queen’s Ferry Press]
Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award – Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis [Profile Books]
Publisher of the Year Award – Freight Books
Scottish Research Book of the Year Award (supported by the National Library of Scotland) – Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930 (Migrations and Identities) by Dr. Tanja Bueltmann [Liverpool University Press]
Scottish History Book of the Year Award (in partnership with the Scottish Historical Review Trust) – A Chasm in Time: Scottish War Art and Artists in the Twentieth Century by Dr. Patricia R. Andrew [Birlinn]