The shortlists were announced at the Wigtown Book Festival today (October 4) by theSaltire Society. The winner is announced in Edinburgh on November 11th.
This is DELIGHTFUL news here at Barbican Press. A lot of care and belief goes into a book, but then the world and readers have got to find it. May this brilliant shortlisting drive Kate’s work into bookstores and then into a legion of readers’ hearts.
The Monster’s Wife is set in the Orkneys … birthplace coincidentally of Kate’s agentAl Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associates, who was well able to vouch for the book’s authenticity. AsSara Maitland writes of this book, ‘Kate Horsley has grounded and voiced her Frankenstein “sequel” in the Orkneys which bring their own mythic load with them and she takes the Gothic to new places, where the darkness of Frankenstein meets the darkness of isolated communities of love and fear and survival.’
By the way, for more Scottish writing from Barbican Press, try Scottish novelistD.D.Johnston’sastonishingThe Deconstruction of Professor Thrub… and look out for his thriller The Secret Baby Room in 2015. Also in 2015, look forward to Brian W. Lavery’sThe Headscarfed Revolutionaries, a tale of the fishwives and trawler disasters of Hull that was born of his own history as the son of a Glasgow sheet metal worker in the shipyards.