Kerry Hudson Shortlisted for Scottish First Book Award 2013

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TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA, by Kerry Hudson has been chosen as one of the six shortlisted titles for the First Book Award at the Scottish Mortgage Development Trust Book Awards 2013. The Scottish Book Awards has been rewarding the literary talent of authors from Scotland, who reside in Scotland, or those whose book is of particular Scottish interest, for the last forty years. Past winners include Jackie Kay and Edwin Morgan.

The shortlisted authors have been selected from a total of 117 titles across four categories - Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and First Book - submitted by publishers from the UK. Each of these four finalists will receive £5,000 and will be announced on Thursday, 5 September.

TONY HOGAN... was published in July 2012 by Chatto & Windus and has been shortlisted for eight literary prizes so far, including the Guardian First Book Award. Kerry's second novel, THIRST, will be published by Chatto in July 2014.

Praise for TONY HOGAN...:

'What a brilliant thing to turn the chaos and trauma of a hectic childhood into a debut novel as colourful, funny, joyful and compelling as this.'
- The Guardian

'This is a remarkable debut novel of love and loyalty, of fierce passion and scabrous wit.'
- Foyles

'From the (unrepeatable) hilarious first sentence, this debut sucks you in with its idiosyncratic style... Kerry Hudson's writing is very funny, and her deft touches give the book a reality that makes it all the more powerful. Hudson certainly has a bright future.'
- We Love This Book