Andrew Murray Scott won the first Dundee Book Prize with his novel Tumulus, published by Polygon in February 2000. Singled out from 82 entries, Tumulus was described by the judges as a “Tour de Force”.
Tumulus – the name refers to an ancient burial mound – is a tale in two parts. The first tells the story via the narrator, the second investigates it.
Tumulus details bohemian Dundee through the 60s and 70s to the present day blending fact, myth, pub tales and autobiograhical account.
Andrew Murray Scott is a graduate of the University of Dundee and now works as a press officer. Three further novels by Andrew have been published; ‘Estuary Blue’, ‘The Mushroom Club’ and ‘The Big J’.
2003 Claire–Marie Watson The Curewife
2002 ● Claire–Marie Watson ● The Curewife
Claire-Marie Watson was born and educated in Dundee but has spent most of her adult life in London, with spells in Canada and Kenya.
She worked for many years as PA to her husband, an architect, and returned to the city after spending several years travelling in Europe. The Curewife is her first novel.
The Curewife – In the reign of Charles I, Grissel Jaffray, The Curewife, arrived in Dundee as a new bride.
This compelling story, based on the very few known facts about her life, graphically depicts seventeenth-century Dundee: a time of war, plague, political turmoil, and fanatical witch-hunts.
2005 Malcolm Archibald Whales For The Wizard
2005 ● Malcolm Archibald ● Whales For The Wizard
Malcolm Archibald was awarded the Dundee Book Prize 2005 for his debut novel Whales for the Wizard.
The adventure story is based around the whaling industry in Dundee in the 1860’s and its fast-paced and detailed narrative truly captures the spirit of the time.
Celebrated Scottish crime writer and Dundee Book Prize 2005 judge Ian Rankin was greatly impressed by Whales for the Wizard, describing it as a “rip-roaring adventure mystery with terrific detail of place, period and shipping lore.”
Malcolm Archibald lives in Dundee and is married with three children. He splits his time between writing and lecturing in history at Dundee College. His main interests are writing, history, folklore, gardening, walking, soccer and people.
2007 Fiona Dunscombe The Triple Point of Water
2007 ● Fiona Dunscombe ● The Triple Point of Water
Fiona Dunscombe was born in Derbyshire. She later moved to London where she worked as a dancer and then in PR and recruitment. She also taught creative writing.
In 2002 she began writing The Triple Point of Water, drawing on her experiences of working in Soho during the 1980's. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novel Award for unpublished novels.
She has also written drama for radio and her plays have been shortlisted for and awarded prizes at two London Radio Playwrights Festivals. She now lives in Southern France with her husband and her son. The Triple Point of Water is Fiona's first novel.
The novel tells the story of Harri, a stripper who believes in magic and is haunted by two very different images of her father. Her friend, Saf, searches among London's homeless for a dad she no longer remembers, whilst another young woman struggles to come to terms with what her father does for a living.
In a decade presided over by Britain's first female prime-minister, absent fathers, fantasy fathers, psuedo fathers, religious, and transgressive fathers, haunt and protect, love, lie and desert; Harri's task is to find her own identity somewhere between them.
2009 Chris Longmuir Dead Wood
2009 ● Chris Longmuir ● Dead Wood
Winning writer, Chris Longmuir, is an un-published crime novelist as well as a published short story and article writer.
Born in Wiltshire, Chris has lived in Scotland since the age of two and resides in Angus. She formed a lifelong addiction to the written word in early childhood and has long dreamt of seeing her own book published.
Her short stories have appeared in ‘My Weekly’, ‘People’s Friend’, ‘Dark Horizons’ and small press anthologies, and she has had articles and reviews published widely.
Chris left school without any qualifications when she was fifteen, but obtained an Open University Degree at the age of forty and a postgraduate qualification in Social Work two years later. She has recently acquired a qualification in criminology.
Dead Wood’s main protagonist, Kara, has a debt to pay and turns to prostitution. On a job, she encounters murder victims – a grizzly find that leads her deep into a world of violence, gangland retribution and far away from her beloved children.
2010 Alan Wright Act of Murder
2010 ● Alan Wright ● Act of Murder
Alan Wright is an unpublished crime novelist as well as a published short story writer and experienced playwright. His first experience of writing fiction came at the age of six when – inspired by The Dandy and The Beano – he created his own comic, entitled Thrills.
Comics led on to novels, and Alan gained an Honours degree in English at Leeds University before becoming an English teacher. Crime novels, especially those with a historical setting and devious plotting, emerged as his great literary passion and he harboured ambitions of being a writer which he describes as being like “playing God without the responsibility.”
The first thing Alan had published was a poem in the seventies, and this was followed by him winning a short story competition and being asked to write a musical play to commemorate ten years of twinning between Wigan and the French town of Angers.
He says the Dundee International Book Prize, which he found out about on the Internet, allowed him to fulfil a lifetime ambition, and he is incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Act of Murder appealed to the judges because of its exciting plot and excellent characters. This fantastic Victorian murder mystery is a tale of magic, poisonings and thespians, with some gruesome murders thrown in for good measure.
2011 Simon Ashe-Browne Nothing Human Left
2011 ● Simon Ashe-Browne ● Nothing Human Left
Simon Ashe-Browne is a writer and actor based in Dublin. He was Overall Winner of The Sean Dunne Young Writers Awards in 2003, and is a contributor to The Irish Catullus or One Gentleman of Verona, a trilingual volume of Catullian verse edited by Ronan Sheehan.
“Winning the Dundee International Book Prize and having my novel published by Cargo is a major game changer for me” said Simon. “It is the realisation of a dream I’ve had since I was eight years old and a validation of all those house spent scratching away at the page.”
Kids can be so cruel. One minute you’re the class clown and the next – you’re nobody. Jonathon a.k.a. ‘the Doc’ stopped being funny months ago. Think he’ll give up without a fight? That’s not how the Doc operates…
Instead of ducking gracefully out of the limelight, this clown is scrabbling for centre stage. Watch the Doc as he walks the tightrope between comedy and tragedy, tumbling into an increasingly dark world of pranks gone wrong, fueled on the dark circus of movies, pop culture and schoolboy bravado.
Is the Doc a born performer or a natural psychopath? You decide.
2012 Jacob M. Appel The Man That Wouldn’t Stand Up
2012 ● Jacob M. Appel ● The Man That Wouldn’t Stand Up
Jacob M. Appel’s novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up is an absurdist comedy of a mild-mannered man who accidentally sparks a major incident in America after he refuses to stand for the national anthem at a baseball game.
Jacob’s previous prize wins include Faulkner-Wisdom Award and The Boston Prize for his short stories and plays.
Jacob who lives in New York is also a columnist for The Huffington Post and The New York Times and has been an outspoken bioethicist, with controversial views on ethics in America.
2013 Nicola White In The Rosary Garden
2013 ● Nicola White ● In The Rosary Garden
Nicola White grew up in Dublin and New York and now lives on the Clyde coast. Previously she worked as a contemporary art curator in Glasgow and produced arts programmes for BBC radio and television.
Although In The Rosary Garden is Nicola’s first novel, her short stories have been published widely and broadcast on radio.
Last year she was Leverhulme Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh and was the 2008 winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.
Luminaries of the literary world have been effusive in their praise for the winning entry, with crime writing star Val McDermid calling it “mesmerising” and Denise Mina describing the book as being “as good as it gets.”
2014 Amy Mason The Other Ida
2014 ● Amy Mason ● The Other Ida
Funny, bright, bold and exciting, this debut novel sparkles with originality and insight.” Viv Groskop.
“A brilliant debut. Fresh, lyrical, fearless, and very funny.” Emma Jane Unsworth.
“I love this book. It is a winner.” Tiffany Murray.
Amy Mason is a writer and performer. Her debut novel The Other Ida has just won the Dundee International Book Prize and is published by Cargo.
2015 Martin Cathcart Froden Devil Take the Hindmost
2015 ● Martin Cathcart Froden ● Devil Take the Hindmost
Originally from Sweden, Martin has lived in Canada, Israel, Argentina and London and worked as a drummer, avocado picker, sound engineer, magazine editor and greengrocer, as well as teaching English in prisons. His fiction has been shortlisted for various awards including the Bridport Prize, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
He recently completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, where he will be starting his doctoral studies in 2015.
His winning novel, ‘Devil Take The Hindmost’ is set in London in the 1920’s and centres on a cyclist so fast criminals want him: to win races, to stage losses and to run important messages.
It revolves around velodrome racing and the small, impossible choices that a life is built from – or destroyed by…
2016 Jessica Thummel The Cure for Lonely
2016 ● Jessica Thummel ● The Cure for Lonely
Jessica Thummel is a writer from Dodge City, Kansas. Currently she lives in Denver, Colorado. Her novel, The Cure for Lonely (originally titled The Margins) is the coming-of-age story of Sam Gavin, a transman who moves from Kansas to San Francisco in the summer of 1989.
With him, he brings an old high-school friend and all of the baggage from their torrid past. While Sam learns to navigate the city and his newfound identity, he falls in love with Magdalene, a patient in the double-blind study where he administers pills, and he must decide just how much he wants to reveal.
The Cure for Lonely is a novel about friendship and struggle, choices and what can't be taken back. It's about what we mean when we say ‘comfortable in our own skin.’