Literary Editor, Kelly, in Running for Top Book Prize

Scotland on Sunday’s literary editor, Stuart Kelly, is in the running for one of the UK's most prestigious book competitions, the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, worth £20,000 to the winning author. 

A book by Kelly on Sir Walter Scott – 'Scott-Land; The Man Who Invented a Nation' – is on the long list for the prize, with the winner to be announced on July 6.

By one of these strange co-incidences, as his paper carried a news story reporting on Kelly's initial success, in this week’s Scotland on Sunday Review supplement, sitting next to a book review by Kelly, is an interview by Lee Randall with former Daily Telegraph literary editor, Sam Leith, on his first novel – ‘The Coincidence Engine’.

It allowed Leith to recount to Randall a neat anecdote which must have brought a wry smile from Kelly. Recalled Leith: “A journalist friend who asked me to write on the subject of literary editors who write novels said, ‘You’re not really a poacher turned gamekeeper, you are more like a gamekeeper turned pheasant.’”