The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023: Some Longlist Contenders?

WalterScottPrizeThe deadline for publishers to submit books published in 2022 for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2022 has now passed. The prize is open to novels written in English and first published in 2022 in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. The majority of the storyline, i.e. over 50%, must take place at least 60 years ago.

Like other historical fiction fans, I shall be eagerly awaiting the announcement of the longlist in February 2023 and the shortlist a month or two after that. As in previous years, I’ll try (but probably fail) to read all the longlisted novels I haven’t already read.

It seems to me 2022 has been a spectacular year for historical fiction. Below are some I’ve read that I think might make the longlist, some books in my TBR pile which judging from reviews deserve a place, and a few others which look like possible contenders (subject in each case to them meeting all the eligibility criteria). Links from the titles will take you to my review or the book description on Goodreads.

Check back when the longlist is announced to see if any of my picks match the judges’ choices.

Books I’ve read

Books in my TBR pile

Books on my RADAR

Are any of your favourites on my list?  What other historical fiction novels published in 2022 do you think deserve to be on the longlist?


#SixonSaturday My Gardening Week – 10th September

Garden AllotmentSix on Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by The Propagator. If you’d like to join in you can find more details here. If you can find the time, do check out the posts by other participants.

A week of rain, rain, and more rain although it’s good to have all the water butts replenished. For this week’s six I’m starting in the vegetable garden.

Six on SaturdayThe ‘Chocolate Cherry’ tomatoes in the greenhouse have been prolific this year and there are still some to pick although a few are starting to split. I’m planning to grow more varieties next year.

Six on SaturdayAfter a brief pause, the courgettes are once again producing fruit although the leaves are now looking distinctly scruffy. This is one of the three varieties I grew this year. All have performed really well, so well in fact that I’ve given lots away. My favourite way to eat them is tossed in olive oil and herbs and roasted in the oven.

Six on SaturdayThe two ‘Hunter’ squash plants have produced lots of leaf but predominantly only male flowers. The majority of the female flowers dropped off without forming fruit, no doubt due to the long dry spell. As a result there is only one fairly modest sized fruit on each plant.  If we get more sun hopefully they will ripen on the plant rather than on the window sill as in previous years.

Now on to flowers…

The Alchemilla mollis I planted a few months ago has finally settled in and is producing flowers. The Salvia nemorosa bought and planted at the same time is responding to regular deadheading by producing new flower spikes. One of the garden’s old-timers, a Pyracantha growing against the garden fence, is laden with berries.

Rosa 'Queen Elizabeth'
Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’

And to mark the passing of a great lady, an extra one although unfortunately not from my garden. However, a good excuse to add one I think.

Enjoy your garden or outside space this week.