Booktrade.info has a link to an Observer report about the Northern Rock Prize, under the heading Sent from Heaven. Yes indeed. It does sound like the answer to a writer's prayers.
What has happened is that the UK's Northern Rock Foundation has handed £60,000 to Andrew Crumey, so that he can get on with writing books.
Mr Crumey, you may recall, is the author of Mobius Dick, which was reviewed here, without much enthusiasm, on 3 August 2004. He is also the literary editor of Scotland on Sunday.
Why is Andrew Crumey honoured in this way, as opposed to any one of about 14,000 other writers? Pass. Ask me another. And in any case, as gentlemen's nannies used to say, If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.