The 2017 longlist

The longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 has now been announced. The thirteen books are:

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 Kent The Good People (Picador Australia)

Ed O’Loughlin Minds of Winter (riverrun)

Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent (Profile)

Dominic Smith The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (Allen & Unwin Australia)

Francis Spufford Golden Hill (Faber)

Graham Swift Mothering Sunday (Scribner)

Rose Tremain The Gustav Sonata (Chatto & Windus)


You can see what the Judges said about the longlist in News.

To co-incide with the announcement of the longlist, the Prize has for the first time published a further list of 20 books recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy.    The 20 ‘Academy Recommends’ books include newly published historical novels from Australia, Canada and Africa as well as some unmissable novels from the UK.   You can find the full list of books, and a list of Academy members, on our Academy page.


The Walter Scott Prize 2017 has now closed for entries.  The 2018 Prize will open for submissions in the Autumn.

To download the Prize Rules and Criteria for this year’s prize, please click Rules 2017

Timetable for the 2017 Prize

The timetable for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize is:

November 2016: Prize opened for entries from publishers

December 2016:  2017 judges and Academy announced

31st January 2017: Prize closed for entries

22nd February 2017: Longlist and ‘Academy Recommends’ lists announced

March 2017: Shortlist announced

15th-18th June 2017: Borders Book Festival, Melrose – Winner of Walter Scott Prize 2017 announced and presented