Scottish First Book Award for Kerry Hudson!

TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA by Kerry Hudson has won 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.

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Kerry Hudson wins £5,000 and is now eligible to win the overall prize which is chosen by votes from the general public. The winner will be announced on Saturday 2nd November at the Lennoxlove Book Festival. The other finalists are Ewan Morrison in the fiction category, Gavin Francis in the non-fiction category and Richard Price in the poetry category. You can see more information here.

>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