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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 »

Shortlist Spotlight: Rachel Malik

14th May, 2018

Rachel Malik, author of the astonishingly accomplished debut novel Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves, discusses her work in the third in our series of Q&As. 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 was thrilled when I found out.… Read More »

Shortlist Spotlight: Jane Harris

3rd May, 2018

Jane Harris, author of the wonderful Sugar Money, which is based on a little-known true story, answered some of our questions about her work for the second in our Shortlist Spotlight series. Q: What do you think about being shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction?  Do you see yourself as a historical novelist?… Read More »

Shortlist Spotlight: Jennifer Egan

30th April, 2018

We asked Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Manhattan Beach, about how she feels to be shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize.  Read her delightful answers below! 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 am ecstatic about being… Read More »

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 »