The Monster’s Wife shortlisted for SCOTTISH FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Kate Horsley

Kate Horsley launching her debut novel THE MONSTER’S WIFE at the Portico Library, Manchester

HUGE congratulations to Kate Horsley whose debut novel THE MONSTER’S WIFE  has been shortlisted for Scottish First Novel of the Year.

The shortlists were announced at the Wigtown Book Festival today (October 4) by the Saltire 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 agent Al Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associates, who was well able to vouch for the book’s authenticity. As Sara MaitlanMonsters-Wife-jacket-194x300d 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.’

Check out interviews with Kate on Female First and on this website.

More news just in – The Monster’s Wife is one of Maxim Jakubowski’s top picks for October for Lovereading. Our thanks to readers for the flood of positive reviews too!

Onward Kate – we’re rooting for you and The Monster’s Wife!

By the way, for more Scottish writing from Barbican Press, try Scottish novelist D.D.Johnston’s astonishing The 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’s The 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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