News Archive: February 2017

Spotlight on: new judge James Holloway

28th February, 2017

James Holloway CBE is one of three new judges on the Walter Scott Prize judging panel this year.  We asked him a few questions about the judging task ahead. Q:  Why do you think historical fiction is important? A:  The best historical fiction is a passport to a vanished world, a way of connecting the… Read More »

2017 longlist announced

22nd February, 2017

The longlist of thirteen for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 is announced! The Walter Scott Prize Longlist 2017 Jo Baker A Country Road, A Tree (Doubleday) Julian Barnes The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape) Sebastian Barry Days Without End (Faber) Richard Francis Crane Pond (Europa) Linda Grant The Dark Circle (Virago) Charlotte Hobson The Vanishing Futurist (Faber) Hannah… Read More »

The Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends

22nd February, 2017

We are delighted to reveal here a list of 20 books recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy. The Academy was launched last year, to help broaden the reach of the Prize and strengthen its resources. An advisory group feeding into the submission process, it comprises people at the centre of literary life in the… Read More »