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2019 Walter Scott Prize shortlist announced

2nd April, 2019

The tenth Walter Scott Prize shortlist has been announced! The six books are: A Long Way From Home Peter Carey (Faber) After The Party Cressida Connolly (Viking) The Western Wind Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape) Now We Shall Be Entirely Free Andrew Miller (Sceptre) Warlight  Michael Ondaatje(Jonathan Cape) The Long Take Robin Robertson  (Picador)          The Judges said: “Over the ten years… Read More »

2019 Academy Recommends list announced

6th March, 2019

The Walter Scott Prize Academy is delighted to announce its list of recommended books for 2019.  The Academy comprises people at the centre of literary life in the UK and Commonwealth countries– from bookshop owners and directors of literary festivals to book bloggers and booktubers.  The ‘Academy Recommends’ list is supplementary to the Longlist, and the… Read More »

Tenth Walter Scott Prize Longlist announced

6th March, 2019

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, now in its tenth year, is delighted to announce its longlist! The Longlist of twelve is: Little  by Edward Carey (Gallic Books) A Long Way From Home  by Peter Carey (Faber) After The Party  by Cressida Connolly (Viking) Washington Black  by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail) The Western Wind… Read More »

Book Group Guides to our 2018 Shortlist

15th November, 2018

Avid readers are hugely important to the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. We know that both individually and as part of book groups, keen readers delve into the themes, craft and historical context of our long- and shortlisted novels, debating and enjoying the books much as our judges do. If you or your reading… Read More »

Sebastian Barry at the 2018 Walter Scott Prize

5th July, 2018

Walter Scott Prize alumnus and Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry was invited to say ‘a few words’ at the Walter Scott Prizegiving at the Borders Book Festival in June 2018.  It was too good not to share – you can hear his enchanting, lyrical speech in full on Soundcloud here:   Below is a… Read More »

Benjamin Myers wins the 2018 Walter Scott Prize

17th June, 2018

Author Benjamin Myers has won the ninth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Gallows Pole, a novelisation of the true story of the Cragg Vale Coiners.  Bluemoose Books, a small Yorkshire-based independent publisher, triumphed over some of the UK’s biggest publishing houses and saw its author Benjamin Myers receive his £25,000 award from sponsor the… Read More »

Family, famine and living with history at the WSP panel event

16th June, 2018

The Friday panel of Walter Scott Prize shortlisted authors is one of the most anticipated events at the annual Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, and the 2018 panel saw another packed marquee for Jane Harris, Paul Lynch, Rachel Malik and Benjamin Myers. Led by insightful questions from host and Prize judge Kate Figes, the wide-ranging discussion explored the… Read More »

Shortlist Spotlight: Paul Lynch

24th May, 2018

Paul Lynch talks to us about his wonderful lyrical novel Grace. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see yourself as a historical novelist? It is wonderful to find yourself on a prize shortlist. A lot of great novels pass by each year without attention… Read More »

Shortlist Spotlight: Patrick McGrath

21st May, 2018

It’s the turn of Patrick McGrath, whose ninth novel The Wardrobe Mistress is on our 2018 shortlist, to answer some questions. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction? Do you see yourself as a historical novelist? I’m very honoured indeed to be shortlisted for the Walter Scott.… Read More »

Shortlist Spotlight: Benjamin Myers

16th May, 2018

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers was a wonderful new discovery for the Walter Scott Prize judges.  Here, he answers some of our questions. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see yourself as a historical novelist? I’m surprised, delighted, humbled, and then surprised again.… Read More »