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Inverness author Martin MacInnes No.4 on annual barometer for talent in Scottish arts and culture


By Andrew Dixon

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Martin MacInnes.
Martin MacInnes.

Martin Macinnes, a novelist born in Inverness, has been named fourth in The List's Hot 100 – annual barometer for talent in Scottish arts and culture.

It comes after he was nominated as one of 13 writers for this year's Booker Prize.

The List’s editor Brian Donaldson described Mr MacInnes as being a "singular talent" and "one to watch for years to come".

In Ascension.
In Ascension.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023, his third publication, In Ascension, was hailed by The Guardian as a "magnificent book (that) is his best yet".

Born in Inverness in 1983, Martin was educated at Smithton Primary and Culloden Academy, then at Stirling University, and the University of York. He now lives in Edinburgh and with his third novel he made his debut on the list for the important literary award.

The top three are Young Fathers (Mercury Prize-nominated band), Fern Brady (comedian and bestselling author) and Marjolein Robertson (stand-up comedian).

The List is a free arts and culture magazine available in Edinburgh and Glasgow.


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