The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2019 Longlist

It’s what lovers of historical fiction have been waiting for – the publication yesterday of the longlist for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.    The organisers and judges have  treated us again this year because there are twelve titles on a longlist of great variety, including a couple of books that are completely new to me (which is always a surprise to someone who prides herself as being up on the latest historical fiction).

Congratulations to all the authors and publishers of the longlisted books.

Little by Edward Carey (Gallic Books) – in my TBR pile

A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Faber)

After The Party by Cressida Connolly (Viking) – Read and reviewed

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail)

The Western Wind  by Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape) – in my TBR pile

Dark Water by Elizabeth Lowry (riverrun)

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller (Sceptre) – in my TBR pile

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape) – in my TBR pile

The Wanderers by Tim Pears (Bloomsbury)

The Long Take by Robin Robertson  (Picador)

All The Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Maclehose Press)

Tombland by C J Sansom (Mantle) – in my TBR pile

Walter Scott Prize Longlist 2019

I’m not going to promise to read the entire longlist before the short list is announced in April but I’ll have a go. Visit The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction page on my blog for links to my reviews or the book description on Goodreads.  I’ll be updating the links as I read and review them.

I recently shared my thoughts on contenders for the longlist and I suppose I should congratulate myself that I got any right.  In fact, there were two I tipped that appear on the longlist – Warlight by Michael Ondaatje and Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller – although I haven’t read either of them yet. Four more of my predictions made it on to the Academy Recommends list, a list of twenty recommended books supplementary to the longlist: Love is Blind by William Boyd and All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison (which I’m currently reading) plus The Black Earth by Philip Kazan and The Angel’s Mark by S.W. Perry, both of which I loved.

Are there books you’re surprised to see on the list?  Are there favourites you’re sad didn’t make it?  Are you planning to read some or all of the longlisted books?  Do you have any early predictions for the shortlist or even the eventual prize-winner? 

7 thoughts on “The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2019 Longlist

  1. Warlight is a strong contender. I was not impressed by Washington Black at all. If I can unread it, I would.

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    1. I’m looking forward to reading Warlight, not least of which because I was given a lovely hardback copy for my birthday and I’ve been feeling guilty I haven’t read it yet. Now I have the perfect excuse/motivation 😁 Interesting what you say about Washington Black…I might wait to see if it makes the shortlist before deciding whether to read it.

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  2. I’m re-reading all the Shardlake books before I read Tombland. The prize will have been awarded long before I read it.

    I read the first couple of pages of Now We Shall Be Entirely Free in the library and put it back on the shelf. It didn’t grab me at all.

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    1. Rereading all the Shardlake books…that definitely is a big time investment but I bet it will be enjoyable as well. I’ve heard good things about Andrew Miller’s book from others (although that doesn’t necessarily mean of course I might not feel the same about it as you) and I have an audio book version so I’ll see how I get on with it.

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