Donald S Murray's most recent published work – As the Women Lay Dreaming – has been longlisted for an Authors’ Club award, it was announced on March 1st.
Already an award-winning author and poet, this book is Donald's debut novel and was published by Saraband in November 2018.
As the Women Lay Dreaming is set amid the HMY Iolaire tragedy of 1 January 1919 – when the ship bringing WWI naval personnel home to the Hebrides sank in a storm just outside Stornoway harbour, killing some 201 people.
Donald S Murray, who now lives in Shetland, says, “I am both delighted and honoured to be on the longlist for the Authors’ Club First Novel award, especially when I look back and see who has been nominated for this award over the years.
"I feel as if I’m brushing shoulders with many of my favourite writers.”
Founded in 1891 to provide a place where writers could meet and talk, the Authors’ Club is one of Britain’s oldest literary institutions. Within the magnificent premises of the National Liberal Club in Whitehall, it provides a home from home for writers, editors, agents and all those professionally engaged with literature and the publishing industry.
Saraband publisher Sara Hunt says, “I’m so thrilled to hear this news! It’s well-deserved recognition for a beautifully written, powerful book by a talented writer.
"The novel also reveals Donald’s sensitivity in the way he’s taken on an unspeakable disaster and portrayed its aftermath in the community he grew up in.”
- Shortlist announcement: Thursday 28th March.
- Winner’s announcement: The National Liberal Club on Wednesday 22nd May.