William McIlvanney

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney was born in 1936 in Kilmarnock, the son of a miner. He has played a significant part in Scottish cultural life for more than 30 years. He specialises in crime stories, novels and poetry, and has penned books such as Remedy is None, A Gift From Nessus, The Big Man, The Kiln, and many others.

McIlvanney has won many awards for his work, such as the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (for Remedy is None), the Scottish Arts Council Book Award (twice, once for A Gift From Nessus), amongst others.