Skip directly to content

Dilys Rose

Dilys Rose has lived in Edinburgh for most of her adult life. She is a novelist, short story writer, poet and librettist. She has published twelve books and received various awards and fellowships for her work, including the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award, the McCash prize, two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, the Canongate Prize and a Society of Authors’ Travel Award. She has been shortlisted for, amongst others, the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award,(Red Tides), the McVitie’s Scottish Writer of the Year,(Red Tides) The Scottish Arts Council Sundial award (Bodywork) and nominated for the Impac award (Pest Maiden).
Her important  new novel Unspeakable has received outstanding review attention.

'Rose has a sublime ear' 

Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday.

'A superb evocation of Edinburgh at the end of the 17th Century on the cusp of the Enlightenment under the oppressive rule of the Presbyterian clerics - An important book about Free Speech and Independent Thought.'

Guardian Witness (on Unspeakable)


A young girl makes a fake city for her increasingly odd and domineering father. Her world is affected and infected by the germ of mental instability developing within the family in this elegant and clear-eyed tale of a strikingly odd set of people, where love seems to be absent and yet sensed as if clinging on round the corner. 


Historical/Literary Fiction

Unspeakable is the story of the last person to be hung for blasphemy in Scotland; the novel deals with extremism of church and state, and a miscarriage of justice which horrified at the time and continues to resonate today.

Sea Fret

Geraldine Cooke Agency