The 2018 Shortlist is out!

17th April, 2018

The 2018 Walter Scott Prize shortlist is out!  The six books are: Manhattan Beach  Jennifer Egan (Corsair) Sugar Money  Jane Harris (Faber) Grace Paul Lynch (Oneworld) The Wardrobe Mistress Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson) Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves  Rachel Malik (Fig Tree) The Gallows Pole  Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books) You can read all about the books here. The Judges said: “Every year… Read More »

Our readers – the unsung heroes

9th April, 2018

Do you ever wonder how the Walter Scott Prize chooses its longlists?  Every year we receive over one hundred entries for the Prize, and we also ‘call books in’ from publishers, based on recommendations from our judges who keep a beady eye on reviews and bookshops throughout the year. So who sifts through all the… Read More »

Walter Scott Prize Academy announces Recommended List

26th March, 2018

The Walter Scott Prize Academy has released its twenty ‘recommended’ historical novels of 2017 from across the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries .  Subjects and settings range from steamships in the Chilean Civil War to warships in Greenock during WW2, and from 1920s Hollywood to 18th century slavery in The Cape, and the list includes newly… Read More »

The Walter Scott Prize 2018 longlist is out!

1st March, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Longlist.  The thirteen books are: The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times  by Xan Brooks Birdcage Walk  by Helen Dunmore Manhattan Beach  by Jennifer Egan  The Last Man In Europe  by Dennis Glover  Sugar Money  by Jane Harris Prussian Blue  by Philip Kerr The Draughtsman  by Robert Lautner Grace  by Paul Lynch The… Read More »

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 »