The longlist for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2022 was revealed on 7th February. As an avid reader of historical fiction I like to think I have my finger on the pulse when it comes to books likely to appear on the list but, as usual, it provided some surprises. You can read more about the longlisted books here. Congratulations to all the authors and publishers of the books on the longlist.
I’ve divided the thirteen novels on the list into three parts: those I’ve read and reviewed, those I own but have yet to read, and those that are completely new to me and, I suspect, many other readers.
Read and reviewed
Waiting to be read
Rose Nicholson by Andrew Greig (Riverrun)
China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Harvill Secker)
Learwife by J.R Thorp (Canongate)
The Magician by Colm Tóibín (Viking)
Still Life by Sarah Winman (Fourth Estate)
New to me
Blue Postcards by Douglas Bruton (Fairlight Books)
The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small by Neil Jordan (Lilliput Press)
The Sunken Road by Ciaràn McMenamin (Harvill Secker)
News of the Dead by James Robertson (Hamish Hamilton)
Fortune by Amanda Smyth (Peepal Tree Press)
The shortlist will be announced in April by which time I hope to have read a few more of the longlisted books and perhaps be in a position to make a few predictions. Have you read any of the books on the list? Are there any you’re planning to read?