Denise Mina wins the Gordon Burn Prize


Denise Mina has won the Gordon Burn Prize for her ‘brave and daring journey’ into a notorious crime in her novel The Long Drop (Harvill Secker). She was awarded the £5,000 prize on Thursday evening at Durham Book Festival.

The prize, which celebrates the legacy of great literature innovator Gordon Burn, is the second gong for Mina's book, which won The McIlvanney Prize in September. In both cases, she is the first female winner. The Long Drop also appears on the shortlist for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger, which is awarded at a ceremony in London on 26 October. 


Novelist, broadcaster and journalist Ian Sansom, one of the judges, said: “Denise Mina's The Long Drop is a truly startling and shocking work whose great literary ambition and inventiveness is matched by its moral complexity. In the opinion of the judges, the book upholds and continues that great tradition of literature both as a form of radical inquiry and as great pleasure, epitomised in the work of Gordon Burn.”

Set in 1950s Glasgow, The Long Drop is a true crime story centred around a meeting between Peter Manuel, a murderer, and William Watt, whose family have been murdered.

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