A Lovely Way to Burn, by lesbian author Louise Welsh, has made the shortlist for Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year.
Described by Val McDermid as “A terrifying journey into the possible… dystopia for today,” the book follows the journey of a TV presenter who finds her boyfriend dead during a raging epidemic but is convinced he has been murdered. It is intended to be the first part of a trilogy set in what Welsh describes as “plague times”.
Welsh is a multi award winning author who has also written opera and lives in Glasgow with her partner and occasional collaborator Zoë Strachan. She has often spoken of her love for Scotland’s literary culture and is enthusiastic about the cultural impact of the referendum.
There are five other contenders for the big prize, which will be awarded on the 20th of September at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling.