Morrison and Russell victorious in Bloody Scotland awards

Morrison and Russell victorious in Bloody Scotland awards

Robbie Morrison has taken home the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize while Craig Russell has become the first author to win the McIlvanney Prize twice.

Both winners were announced during ceremonies at the Bloody Scotland festival at the weekend.

Morrison won his prize for Edge of the Grave (Macmillan), described by BBC Radio Scotland presenter and judge Janice Forsyth as “a terrific debut novel, with a memorable cast of characters, which impressed the judges with its ambitious, authentic, deep dive into the Glasgow gangland and class divides of the 1930s”.

The author was also a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize along with Emma Christie, Alan Parks, Stuart MacBride and Russell, who emerged victorious with his novel Hyde (Constable).

McIlvanney judge and crime critic Ayo Onatade called it “a fantastic book with a gothic background that draws you in and brings the reader back to the Scottish origins of Jekyll and Hyde’s creator, Robert Louis Stevenson”.

Russell is a local author who first won the award in 2015 with The Ghosts of Altona (Quercus).

Angie Crawford, Scottish buying manager for Waterstones, which support the prizes with displays in 27 shops across Scotland, said: "We are utterly thrilled for Craig Russell that Hyde has won the McIlvanney Prize. It is one of our booksellers' favourites across Scotland and we have loved recommending it to our customers. Edge of the Grave is currently our Scottish Book of the Month – it is especially pleasing to see it win the Bloody Scotland Debut."

The Glencairn Glass again sponsored both prizes while Culture & Business Fund Scotland gave matched funding.