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Three books published by Edinburgh University Press have been shortlisted for the 2014 Saltire Literary Awards.

The announcement was made at the Wigtown Book Festival in Dumfries and Galloway on 4 October.

History book of the year

Scottish Gods, Religion in the Modern Scotland 1900-2012 (EUP) by leading social historian Steve Bruce has been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish History Book of the Year.

The award is produced in partnership with the the Scottish Historical Review Trust.

Research Book of the Year

Robert Harris and Charles McKean's book The Scottish Town in the Age of Enlightenment 1740-1820 (EUP) has been selected for the Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year.

Lexical Change and Attrition in the Scottish Fishing Communities (EUP)by Robert McColl Millar, William Barras and Lisa Maria Bonnici has also been nominated for this category.

The prize is delivered in partnership with the National Library of Scotland.

Prestigious awards

The awards are organised by the Saltire Society, a non-political independent charity founded in 1936 which has membership branches throughout Scotland.

Regarded as one of Scotland's most prestigious book awards, they aim to to celebrate and support literary achievement of authors living in Scotland, of Scottish descent, or those who examine an aspect of the country in their text.

The winner of each category - of which there are six - will be awarded £2,000, and will go on to compete for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year.

The Book of the Year Award is supported by Creative Scotland and accompanied by a £10,000 cash prize.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 11 November.

Once again, this year’s judging panel has been truly impressed by the quality and range of books to be considered for the 2014 shortlist. Ranging from poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, extending the length and breadth of the country and far beyond, here is a wealth of contemporary literature written by Scots or inspired by Scottish culture, landscape and history.

Jim ToughSaltire Society Executive Director

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