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History Book of the Year – Scottish Gods, Religion in the Modern Scotland 1900-2012

Scottish Gods: Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012 by Steve Bruce has been named History Book of the Year by the Saltire Society.

Executive director of the Saltire Society Jim Tough said: “The Saltire Literary Awards have a proud history of celebrating and bringing wider attention to excellence in all literary forms.

“This year exemplifies that commitment.

“The judging panels were deeply impressed by the quality and range of books that made it onto the 2014 shortlist.

“From poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, extending the length and breadth of the country and far beyond, this year’s shortlist is a testament to the outstanding calibre of modern Scottish literature in all its varied forms.”

The overall Book of the Year was The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment 1740-1820, by Professors Bob Harris and Charles McKean, which explores how 18th century burghs improved themselves and the significance of this for modern understanding of a society in a state of transition.

Judges described it as a “magisterial” and a “pioneering study”.

• Full story at BBC Scotland.
Saltire Society announcement.

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