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Our research into period settings revealed

4th October, 2017

To mark the opening of this year’s Walter Scott Prize, we conducted an extensive survey into the period settings of historical fiction, based on the 650 novels submitted for the prize over its eight-year history. Prize shortlists were also analysed, to see whether period setting had an effect on which books made the shortlist. Fascinating… Read More »

Walter Scott Prize 2018 opens for entries

28th September, 2017

We’re excited to announce that the Walter Scott Prize 2018 is now open for entries.  Publishers are invited to submit historical novels, set at least 60 years ago, and published during 2017.  The closing date for entries is 31st January 2018. For full details and the prize rules, go to our 2018 Prize page.  Books must… Read More »

Watch our video of the 2017 Walter Scott Prize ceremony

19th June, 2017

Watch our video of Sebastian Barry winning the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel Days Without End, at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose on Saturday 17th June 2017. Sebastian was honoured on stage alongside his co-shortlistees Francis Spufford, Jo Baker and Charlotte Hobson, and the two young winners of the Young… Read More »

Sebastian Barry becomes first double prizewinner

19th June, 2017

Sebastian Barry has won the eighth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, for his epic American novel Days Without End. Barry’s previous book On Canaan’s Side was a winner in 2012, and he returned to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland on 17th June to receive his Prize from the Duke of Buccleuch. Sebastian Barry… Read More »

Jo Baker, Sebastian Barry and Charlotte Hobson discuss their fiction at Borders Book Festival 2017

17th June, 2017

Family ties and the nature of time The annual Walter Scott Prize shortlist panel at the Borders Book Festival gives readers the chance to hear first-hand about the origins of some of the shortlisted books. The 2017 panel on 16th June, featuring Jo Baker, Sebastian Barry and Charlotte Hobson and moderated by author and Prize… Read More »

Author Spotlight: Charlotte Hobson

16th May, 2017

Here are Charlotte Hobson’s brilliant answers to our questions about her novel The Vanishing Futurist, and about being shortlisted for the Prize. What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction? Do you see yourself as a historical novelist? Imagine a small mammal that’s been stuck down in its burrow for… Read More »

Author Spotlight: Francis Spufford

13th May, 2017

Francis Spufford, shortlisted for his first novel, Golden Hill,  kindly answered some of our questions.  Here are his fascinating answers. Q:  What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see yourself as a historical novelist? A:  I think it’s wonderful being on the shortlist. I’m in very good… Read More »

Author Spotlight: Hannah Kent

11th May, 2017

We had a chance to put some questions to shortlisted author Hannah Kent, on the other side of the world.  Here she explains her singular approach to research, and how she came to write The Good People. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see… Read More »

Author Spotlight: Sebastian Barry

9th May, 2017

We asked Sebastian Barry, previous winner of the Walter Scott Prize and now shortlisted for Days Without End, to tell us a bit more about his magnificent, multi-award-winning  novel. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see yourself as a historical novelist? A: Having won this… Read More »

Author Spotlight: Jo Baker

8th May, 2017

We asked Jo Baker, author of 2017 Walter Scott Prize shortlisted  A Country Road, A Tree, some questions.  Here is her fascinating insight into the writer’s craft and the role of research. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see yourself as a historical… Read More »