William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney

Photo Credit: Ian Atkinson

William McIlvanney’s first novel, Remedy is None, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and with Docherty he won the Whitbread Award for Fiction in 1975. Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers’ Association. Strange Loyalties, the third in the Detective Laidlaw trilogy, won the Glasgow Herald’s People’s Prize in 1992. He died in December 2015.



I don’t like questions. They invent the answers. The real answers are discovered, before you even know what the question is

Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1)

William McIlvanney

No wonder he loved it. It danced among its own debris. When Glasgow gave up, the world could call it a day

The Papers of Tony Veitch (Laidlaw 2)

William McIlvanney