Bay author vies for Saltire Book Award

Cruden Bay author Mike Shepherd's book has been nominated for the Saltire Scottish History Book of the Year Award.
Cruden Bay author Mike Shepherd's book has been nominated for the Saltire Scottish History Book of the Year Award.

A Cruden Bay author’s book has been nominated in this year’s Saltire Awards.

Mike Shepherd’s book ‘Oil Strike North Sea’ will battle it out for the Saltire Scottish History Book of the Year award.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday, November 24.

The winner of each category will then be in the pool for the Scottish Saltire Book of the Year Award and a £10,000 top prize.

The competition will be tough as it includes Irvine Welsh (who wrote Trainspotting) and James Kelman, not to mention this year’s Booker Prize nominee Graeme Macrae Burnet.

In nominating Mike’s book the organisers said: “There have been many studies of economics and even the politics of oil extraction in the North Sea.

“This, however, is different: a vivid, first-hand account of how geologists and the drilling teams search for, identify and then (if they’re lucky) strike oil-bearing rock.

“Personal testimony combines with the author’s geological expertise to shed new light on what for the past half century has been a vital British industry.”

Commenting on his success, Mike told the Buchanie: “I’m doing quite well in the nomination stakes.

“The book is also in the list for a literary prize organised by the Maritime Foundation, a professional body for seamen based in London.

“The award ceremony is in London on Tuesday, October 25, although I don’t hold out much hope for that one as there are more than 20 books in the running!

“My publisher, Luath Press of Edinburgh, is delighted with all of this.

“They have just issued a paperback version of the book which I’ve updated for recent events in the oil industry.

“I’ve been delighted at the response for the book and I’ve now started work on a new one, also with a geological theme,” he added.

Last year’s Scottish History Book of the Year was won by Patricia R. Andrew with her book ‘A Chasm in Time’.