The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

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The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction was founded in 2010 by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Alistair Moffat, the Chair of Judges. The Duke and Duchess wanted to mark the very great achievements of their distant kinsman, Sir Walter Scott, and celebrate the resurgence of the genre he created.

Past winners of the prize include Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel in 2010, The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng in 2013 and An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris in 2014.  More information about the prize can be found here.


The 2022 Prize – Shortlist

Walter Scott Prize 2022 Shortlist

Rose Nicholson by Andrew Greig (Riverrun)
The Magician by Colm Tóibín (Viking)
News of the Dead by James Robertson (Hamish Hamilton) Read and reviewed
Fortune by Amanda Smyth (Peepal Tree Press) Read and reviewed

View the longlist here

The winner was announced on Friday 17th June 2022 – News of the Dead by James Robertson


The 2021 Prize – Shortlist

  1. The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte
  2. A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Read and reviewed
  3. The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
  4. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Read and reviewed
  5. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Read and reviewed

View the longlist here

The winner was announced on Thursday 17th June 2021 – The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel


The 2020 Prize – Shortlist

The Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2020
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  1. The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey Read and reviewed
  2. The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
  3. To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek
  4. Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor Read and reviewed
  5. The Redeemed by Tim Pears Read and reviewed
  6. A Sin of Omission by Marguerite Poland

View the longlist here

The winner was announced on Friday 12th June 2020 – The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey


The 2019 Prize – Shortlist

WalterScottPrize 2019 Shortlist

  1. A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Faber) – Read and reviewed
  2. After The Party by Cressida Connolly (Viking) – Read and reviewed
  3. The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape) – Read and reviewed
  4. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller (Sceptre) Read and reviewed
  5. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape) – Read and reviewed
  6. The Long Take by Robin Robertson  (Picador) – Read and reviewed

View the longlist here.

The winner was announced at The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival – The Long Take by Robin Robertson (told you so)


The 2018 Prize – Shortlist

  1. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  2. Sugar Money by Jane Harris Read and reviewed
  3. Grace by Paul Lynch Read and reviewed
  4. Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik  Read and reviewed
  5. The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath       Read and reviewed
  6. The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers          Read and reviewed

View the longlist here.

The winner was announced at The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival on 16th June 2018 – The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (told you so)


The 2017 Prize – Shortlist

Click on the title to read my review:

  1. A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker Read and reviewed
  2. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry Read and reviewed
  3. The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson Read and reviewed
  4. The Good People by Hannah Kent Read and reviewed
  5. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford Read and reviewed
  6. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift Read and reviewed
  7. The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain Read and reviewed

View the longlist here.

The winner of the 2017 prize was announced at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose on 17th June – Days Without End by Sebastian Barry


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