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Winning book is 'beautifully-written fiction that is bold and challenging'

By Margaret Chrystall

AT Ullapool Book Festival, the winner of the Highland Book Prize was announced as Andrew Miller’s Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, published by Sceptre.

When the book made the shortlist of four, the judges said the book was‘Beautifully-written fiction that is bold, challenging and indelible – from the creation of character to its, at times, heady and dreamlike tone this is a novel that holds your attention taut from beginning to end. With an almost-forgotten war at its heart, Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is a troubling exploration of the consequences of conflict at both a personal and universal level with timeless relevance. On the one hand, a well-paced historical adventure story – on the other hand, a challenging discourse on moral ambiguity and responsibility’.

The winning book in this year's Highland Book Prize.
The winning book in this year's Highland Book Prize.

Presented by the Highland Society of London, the Highland Book Prize is facilitated by Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre in partnership with the Ullapool Book Festival. The winning entry receives a cash prize of £1000 and the writer receives a place on a writing retreat at Moniack Mhor.

In total 56 books were initially submitted from 30 publishers and a panel of 91 volunteer readers helped with initial stages.

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