The 2018 Prize

The 2018 Walter Scott Prize has now closed for entries, and the Longlist has been chosen!  The thirteen books on the longlist are:

The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt)

A dark social-realist fairytale, spotlighting the shadowy underside of 1920s England


Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson)

It is 1792, and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence


Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)

The long-awaited novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression


The Last Man In Europe by Dennis Glover (Black Inc Books)

April, 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four


Sugar Money by Jane Harris (Faber)

A tale of slavery and freedom, innocence and experience, love and despair set in the 18th century Caribbean


Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr (Quercus)

France, 1956. Bernie Gunther is on the run. The twelfth book in the renowned series


The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner (Borough Press)

1944, Germany. A novel which shines a light on the complex contradictions of human nature and examines how deeply complicit we can become in the face of fear


Grace by Paul Lynch (Oneworld)

An epic coming-of-age novel and a poetic evocation of the Irish famine as it has never been written


The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson)

A portrait of a woman struggling to make sense of her past and imagine a future in the seedy glamour of London’s theatrical world
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik (Fig Tree)

1940s rural England sets the scene for a multi-layered tale of an unlikely friendship


The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose Books)

Eighteenth-century Yorkshire. A gang of weavers and land workers embark upon a criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history


The Horseman by Tim Pears (Bloomsbury)

An unexpected friendship between two children, set in Devon in 1911


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)

Set in the magical forests of South America in 1859

Watch out for our further list of books recommended by our Academy, which will be announced shortly.


The timetable for the 2018 Prize is as follows:

September 2017 : Prize opened for entries from publishers

31st January 2018: Prize closed for entries

1st March 2018: Longlist announced

end March 2018: Academy Recommends list announced

April 2018:  Shortlist announced

14th-17th June 2018: Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Melrose – Winner of Walter Scott Prize 2018 announced and presented

If you’d like to know more about the entry terms and conditions, you can find our Rules 2018 here.