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 2021 Prize – Shortlist
- The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte
- A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville
- The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Read and reviewed
- The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
View the longlist here
The winner will be announced in mid-June.
The 2020 Prize – Shortlist
- The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey
- The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
- To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek
- Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
- The Redeemed by Tim Pears
- 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
- A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Faber) – Read and reviewed
- After The Party by Cressida Connolly (Viking) – Read and reviewed
- The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape) – Read and reviewed
- Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller (Sceptre)
- Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape) – Read and reviewed
- The Long Take by Robin Robertson (Picador) – Read and reviewed
To see the longlist click 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
- Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
- Sugar Money by Jane Harris Read and reviewed
- Grace by Paul Lynch Read and reviewed
- Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik Read and reviewed
- The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath Read and reviewed
- The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers Read and reviewed
Find the long list 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
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- A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker
- Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
- The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson
- The Good People by Hannah Kent
- Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
- Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
- The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
Find 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