Angus Book Award

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WITH local council elections pending throughout Scotland, S3 pupils across Angus are also casting their votes, in the battle to see which title will win the Angus Book Award 2012.

Over the last few months, they have read and discussed the books and are now deciding on their favourite title from the four books in contention for the award.

The results will be announced on Tuesday, May 22, at the evening award ceremony in Carnoustie High School.

All four shortlisted authors will be visiting schools on that day to meet pupils and talk about their books.

This year the shortlist features novels by three authors new to the Angus Book Award and the return of previous winner Kevin Brooks. Kevin’s latest novel ‘iBoy’ is a gripping and gritty tale of revenge and the redeeming power of love as Tom struggles to remain in control of himself.

The fog, grit, cruelty and sometimes gruesome nature of the Victorian era created in Ian Beck’s ‘Pastworld’ makes for a fast paced and gripping novel.

Questions of identity, the will to survive and what you’re willing to sacrifice to be alive make Martin Bedford’s ‘Flip’ an extraordinary book which is difficult to put down.

The final shortlisted title is ‘Being Billy’ by Phil Earle. Billy has spent eight years in a care home and it’s his believable character and his personality that form the backbone of this realistic and moving story.

Tayside Aircrew Association

TAYSIDE Aircrew Association held a ladies’ lunch at McDiarmid Park, Perth, on Thursday. Chairman George Roberts welcomed the large gathering of members and their guests. Evelyn Roberts thanked members for their continued hospitality.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 31, at McDiarmid Park.