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 2018 Prize – Shortlist

  1. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  2. Sugar Money by Jane Harris
  3. Grace by Paul Lynch
  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

The winner will be announced at The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival which runs from 14th to 17th June 2018.


The 2018 Prize – Longlist

Click on the title to read my review or the book description on Goodreads, as appropriate

  1. The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks  Read and reviewed
  2. Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore   Read and reviewed
  3. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  4. The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover
  5. Sugar Money by Jane Harris
  6. Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
  7. The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner
  8. Grace by Paul Lynch
  9. Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik  Read and reviewed
  10. The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath    Read and reviewed
  11. The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers  Read and reviewed
  12. The Horseman by Tim Pears
  13. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Key dates: End of March –  ‘Academy Recommends’ list announced, April- shortlist announced, June – winner announced


The 2017 Prize – Shortlist

Click on the title to read my review:

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

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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