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Shena Mackay


Scotland (1944 - )

Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944. She left school at the age of 16 after winning a poetry competition in the Daily Mirror. Her first book, published in 1964 but written when she was still a teenager, consists of two novellas, Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumburger and Toddler on the Run. Her first novel, Music Upstairs (1965), is set in London in the early 1960s.

There was a break in her writing between the novel An Advent Calendar published in 1971 and the collection of short stories Babies in Rhinestones and Other Stories, published in 1983. The novel A Bowl of Cherries (1984) was published by Harvester Press, a small independent publisher in Brighton, on the recommendation of the novelist Iris Murdoch.
 
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Anthologies containing stories by Shena Mackay
 
Short stories
Curry at the Laburnums (1976)


Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Orchard on Fire
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : Heligoland
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (2003) : Heligoland



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