The McIlvanney Prize
2021 MCILVANNEY PRIZE LONGLIST REVEALED
The Cut, Chris Brookmyre (Little,Brown)
The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
Before the Storm, Alex Gray (Little, Brown)
Dead Man’s Grave, Neil Lancaster (HarperCollins, HQ)
The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Still Life, Val McDermid (Little,Brown)
Bad Debt, William McIntyre (Sandstone)
The Less Dead, Denise Mina (Vintage)
How To Survive Everything, Ewan Morrison (Saraband)
Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)
Waking the Tiger, Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)
Winner of the CWA Red Herring Award and freelance crime fiction critic
Formerly of The Times Crime Club
and a CWA judge
Crime fiction buyer at Waterstones Glasgow
Pine by Francine Toon
Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)
Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda)
Ambrose Parry, The Art of Dying (Canongate) aka Chris Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman
Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)
The McIlvanney Prize is Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.
It provides Scottish crime writing with recognition and aims to raise the profile and prestige of the genre as a whole.
Scottish roots are a must for competition applications: authors must either be born in Scotland, or have lived there for a considerable amount of time, and their elegible book must be substantially set in Scotland.
The prize was renamed in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the Godfather of Tartan Noir, in 2016.
I went to Bloody Scotland and I was just knocked out… I’ve been at literary events where a lot of people have knives sticking out their back that they don’t know are there and this event was so friendly, so supportive I was honestly overwhelmed.William McIlvanney in 2012
A Treachery of Spies
Although Manda Scott’s A Treachery of Spies was chosen as the 2019 McIlvanney Prize winner, she chose to equally share the prize with the shortlisters Doug Johnstone, Denise Mina and Ambrose Parry.
The Long Drop
The Ghosts of Altona
How A Gunman Says Goodbye
A Foreign Country