Article published on September 16, 2015.

Sheila A Grant is a major contributor to nudge and nb with reviews and event reports. She is also an active member of the Ayr Writers’ Club (AWC) so when she mentioned they were building up to their annual competition we wondered whether we could help. Sheila takes up the story.

The committee created the Book Review competition in 2008 after the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) had added a similar competition to their conference syllabus. At that time Bioforce/A. Vogel (an Ayrshire company renowned for the manufacture and distribution of traditional herbal remedies) had been supportive of the club. They were delighted when we suggested adding their name to the trophy and the club is grateful for their continuing support.

Ayr Writers’ Club has always encouraged members towards publication in a variety of genres, a route that has helped a large number of members to publication success. With so many keen readers it is inevitable that we share information on recommended books enjoyed by members.

The club is very grateful to Guy for agreeing to judge the competition this year and I do hope that it will be good publicity for nb – my most favourite magazine – and nudge.

Sheila A. Grant


We look forward to publishing the reviews as they come in – to follow them simply use AWC as the search – and announcing the winner in due course.

Guy Pringle, September 16, 2015


Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Sweet Caress or The Many Lives of Amory Clay William Boyd

After the crash by Michel Bussi x2

Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

The Hundred Year Flood, by Matthew Salesses

Lady Katherine Knollys by Sarah-Beth Watkins.

Poems: Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod by James Rose

Gray Mountain by John Grisham


Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music


The New Woman by Charity Norman

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