Alternative Scottish love stories make awards shortlist

Meek and Morrison up for Le Prince Maurice Prize

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Two Scottish authors have made it onto the shortlist of the prestigious international Le Prince Maurice Prize, awarded to literary love stories which display a particular emotional intelligence.

James Meek and Ewan Morrison, along with English author Salley Vickers, beat longlisted writers Jim Crace, Scarlett Thomas and Ali Smith.

The choice of shortlisted novels is particularly interesting as neither Meek’s We Are Now Beginning Our Descent, which tells of a war reporter’s obsession with an alcoholic colleague during the early days of the Afghanistan conflict, nor Morrisson’s Swung, a tale of love, impotence and redundancy amongst Glasgow’s swinging community, are what would be thought of as ‘traditional’ love stories.

But then, fellow Scot Irvine Welsh wouldn’t necessarily be the immediate choice for the judging panel of a love story prize.

The panel also included Man Booker-shortlisted novelist Sarah Waters, Simon Armitage, actor Richard E Grant and Tim Lott.

The sixth annual Le Prince Maurice Prize will be awarded on Saturday 7 June in Mauritius.

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