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Scottish pop singer wins Edinburgh first book prize

Scottish pop singer and author Colin MacIntyre has won this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) Book Award for his debut novel The Letters of Ivor Punch (Orion), reports the Herald Scotland. MacIntyre’s novel, a ‘tale of secrets and sadness on a remote Hebridean island’, was chosen in a public vote from 56 debut novels, novellas and short stories by authors attending EIBF. Festival director Nick Barley said it was ‘fitting that the man best known as Mull Historical Society has crafted a story to which he has put his own name, yet it is a novel which owes so much to his roots on the island of Mull’. ‘Such powerful storytelling resonated strongly with readers at the Book Festival, making Colin a runaway winner in voting for the First Book Award,’ he said. The full list of nominees for the award can be found at the EIBF website here.


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