Published: 23/11/2012 12:50 - Updated: 23/11/2012 13:02

Moray book short-listed for national award

'Women of Moray' is short-listed for a prestigious national award.
'Women of Moray' is short-listed for a prestigious national award.

A BOOK focusing on some of Moray’s most remarkable women has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

‘Women of Moray’ is one of just five publications in the running for the Saltire Society’s title of Scottish History Book of the Year.

Published by Luath Press and written by Susan Bennett, Mary Byatt, Jenny Main, Anne Oliver and Janet Trythall, it celebrates women from the area and their contribution to history.

Published in March to coincide with International Women’s Day, it captures the tales of more than 70 women.

Spanning medieval to modern times, the publication includes a treasure trove of biographies, from the real Lady Macbeth to the intrepid Elsie Watson, who rode solo across South Africa on a motor cycle in 1912, Margaret Hasluck, the spymaster of Albanian agents during World War II, and many more.

The Saltire Awards recognise the best of Scottish endeavours, and will be announced on November 30 to mark St Andrew’s Day.

Established in 1965, the Scottish History Book of the Year category casts the spotlight on outstanding books of historical research. Nominations came from professors of Scottish history and editors of historical review publications.

Also in the running are: ‘Scotland’s Radical Export – The Scots Abroad – How they Shaped Politics and Trade Unions’, by Pat Kelly; ‘Scotland’s First Oil Boom – The Scottish Shale-Oil Industry, 1851–1914’, by John McKay; ‘The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland, and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007’, by Alvin Jackson; and ‘A Military History of Scotland’ edited by E. Spiers, J. Crang and M. Strickland.

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