List of winners of the Dundee International Book Prize

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Winners of the Dundee International Book Prize by year

Year Author Title Genre(s) Nationality
2000 Andrew Murray Scott Tumulus Novel  United Kingdom
2002 Claire-Marie Watson The Curewife Novel  United Kingdom
2005 Malcolm Archibald Whales for the Wizard Novel  United Kingdom
2007 Fiona Dunscombe The Triple Point of Water Novel  United Kingdom
2009 Chris Longmuir Dead Wood Novel  United Kingdom
2010 Alan Wright Act of Murder Novel  United Kingdom
2011 Simon Ashe-Brown Nothing Human Left Novel  United Kingdom
2012 Jacob M. Appel The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up Novel  United States
2013 Nicola White In the Rosary Garden Novel  Ireland
2014 Amy Mason The Other Ida Novel  United Kingdom
2015 Martin Cathcart Froden Devil Take the Hindmost Novel  Sweden


Andrew Murray Scott's book Tumulus (inaugural winner 2000) detailed bohemian Dundee through the 60s and 70s to the present day. The judges said that it "reveals a great knowledge and love of Dundee while paying the city the compliment of being intelligently amused by various aspects of its life and outlook".[1]


Claire-Marie Watson's The Curewife (2002) drew on the tale of Dundee's last execution of a witch – Grissel Jaffray in 1669. Hilary Mantel said that it won as it had a "highly charged atmosphere and its real sense of the dark and brooding".[2]


Malcolm Archibald's Whales for a Wizard (2005) was an adventure story based around the whaling industry in Dundee in the 1860s. It was called an "old-fashioned, traditional, rip-roaring adventure story" by Ian Rankin.[3]


Fiona Dunscombe's The Triple Point of Water (2007) drew on her experiences of working in Soho during the 1980s. It was called "gritty, dark and full of life" by James Naughtie, a 2007 judge.[4]


Chris Longmuir's Dead Wood (2009) was a grizzly crime novel set in a world of violence and gangland retribution. The List calls it "lacklustre", "Flat and clunky", and "a poor addition to the Scottish crime genre".[5]


Alan Wright's Act of Murder (2010) was a tale of magic, poisonings and thespians, with some gruesome murders thrown in for good measure set in Victorian times in Lancashire.[6] It was called a "worthy winner for a prize" in a review by Fife Today.[7]


Simon Ashe-Browne's Nothing Human Left (2011) was a psychological thriller set in a Dublin public school as a schoolboy's criminal desires reach a frightening conclusion.[8]


Jacob Appel's The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up was a satire of post-9/11 patriotism in the United States, called by Stephen Fry, a 2012 judge, "darkly comic", and fellow judge Philip Pullman called it "Engaging, funny, ingenious, even charming".[9]


Nicola White's 2013 winner In the Rosary Garden (2013} is a murder mystery set in a convent school;[10][11] being described by critics as "as good as it gets", A. L. Kennedy, a 2013 judge. called it "courageous and intelligent"[12]


Amy Mason's The Other Ida won the 2014 prize. The novel focuses on two sisters in the wake of their mother's death; their struggle and the tension between the siblings play out as the two attempt to come to terms with loss. Mason's debut novel is described by fellow writer Emma Jane Unsworth as "Fresh, lyrical, fearless, and very funny."[13]


Martin Cathcart Froden's Devil Take the Hindmost takes place in London during the 1920's and revolves around a cyclist caught up in the fevered bets and loan sharks of the velodrome racing scene.[14]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Dundee Book Prize". University of Dundee. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Curewife [Paperback]". Amazon. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 'latter-day Robert Louis Stevenson' nets top prize". The Scotsman. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Former Soho stripper scoops literary prize". The Mail Online. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chris Longmuir - Dead Wood". The List. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Teacher wins £10,000 prize for unpublished novel". The Scotsman. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Book review: Act of Murder, by Alan Wright". Fife Today. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Simon Ashe-Brown". Dundee International Book Prize. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up [Paperback]". Amazon. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "In The Rosary Garden [Paperback]". Amazon. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Dougan, Karyn (25 October 2013). "Nicola White - In the Rosary Garden". List. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Dundee International Book Prize won by Nicola White". BBC. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
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