Booker Prize Project

This year the University is celebrating over a decade of working with the Booker Prize Foundation to beat the drum for great contemporary literature and encourage new undergraduates to get together over a book.

This year’s St Andrews Booker Prize novel is The Long Take, by Scottish author Robin Robertson. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, The Long Take is described as noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry.  It tells the story of a D-Day veteran in postwar America: a good man, brutalized by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it, yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself.

Every new undergraduate student will receive a personal copy of The Long Take as part of your welcome to St Andrews. Keep an eye out in your hall of residence for news of Booker Prize Foundation reading groups and other opportunities to meet up and share your views on the novel.

Following in the footsteps of authors such as Linda Grant, Sebastian Barry, Julian Barnes, Sarah Waters, and Graeme Macrae Burnet, Robin Robertson will be coming to St Andrews to talk about his work on Wednesday 6th November at 5.15pm in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre. For more information see the event's website.

Join in the conversation using #BookerSaints #standrewsconversations and follow @uniofsta on Facebook for more event details.

If you did not pick up your free copy of the book during Matriculation, but would still like to receive a copy, please email