May wins Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year

May wins Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year

Peter May's Entry Island (Quercus) has been named the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year.

The £1,000 award was presented during a ceremony at the Bloody Scotland Festival in Stirling on Saturday (20th September). Entry Island is May's 19th novel, set between Montreal and the Isle of Lewis during the Highland Clearances.

May said: "This is the first literary award that any of my books have won in the UK, despite several short listings, and I am absolutely delighted that it is the Deanston Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.  It makes me immensely proud to be honoured by my ain folk in this way, and I owe a huge thanks to those Scottish readers who have propelled me to the top of the charts with their unerring support."

He added that Scottish crime writing was boosted by a sense of confidence: "The confidence that successful pioneers like William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin have given the rest of us to write about our home country, and the confidence inspired by the wonderful loyalty of Scottish readers and the backing of Scottish bookstores."

The judging panel for the award was made up of journalist Magnus Linklater, Waterstones Scottish buyer Angie Crawford and Creative Scotland's portfolio manager for literature, Jenny Niven.