2010 Shortlist | 2010 Judges | 2010 Winners
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir wins Book of the Year
Leading American academic and historian Donald Worster has been awarded the Book of the Year Award for his biography A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir at the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards.
At the awards ceremony held at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival, Donald Worster received a total of £30,000 in recognition of his literary talent, and the significance of his biography, which positions John Muir as a national icon for Scotland and a figure of global significance for concern about the environment. ...read more
Book Awards 2010
Since their establishment in 1972, the Scottish Arts Council Book Awards have recognised and rewarded literary excellence in literary fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction by Scottish authors resident in, or outwith, Scotland. In 1999 the Scottish Arts Council introduced the first Children’s Book Awards in Scotland for writers for children, and a new overall prize of £10,000 for the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year.
The four categories of awards are:
(including short story)
The winning author of each category will receive an award of £5,000.
These four winning authors will then be considered for the fifth and largest prize, the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year, worth an additional £25,000. The winning author will therefore receive an overall prize of £30,000.
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is one of the oldest and largest investment trusts listed on the London Stock Exchange. Since its launch as The Straits Mortgage and Trust Company Ltd in 1909 the trust has been managed by one of the UK’s leading independently owned investment managers, Baillie Gifford. The trust started life investing in mortgages on rubber plantations in Malaysia seeking to profit from the advent of the mass produced motor car. Today Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust invests on a global basis and looks to reward its investors by searching out strong companies which offer above average returns to their shareholders. The trust holds net assets of over £1.6bn*.
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC is listed on the stock market. As a result, the value of the shares can be affected by changing stock market conditions and by currency exchange rates. The value of an investment and any income from it can fall as well as rise, and investors may not get back the amount they invested.
*as at 30 June 2010