Walter Scott Prize

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The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award founded in 2010.[1] At £25,000, it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK.[2] The award was created by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, whose ancestors were closely linked to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, who is generally considered the originator of historical fiction with the novel Waverley in 1814.[3]

Eligible books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year.[1] For the purpose of the award, historical fiction is defined as being that where the main events take place more than 60 years ago, i.e. outside of any mature personal experience of the author.[1] The winner is announced each June at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.[1]

Winners and shortlist[edit]

Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner

2010[edit]

The shortlist was announced 1 April 2010[4] and the winner was announced 19 June 2010 as part of the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival which took place at Sir Walter Scott's historic home Abbotsford House in Scotland.[5]

2011[edit]

The shortlist was announced on 1 April[6] and the winner was announced on 19 June:[7]

2012[edit]

The shortlist was announced on 4 April 2012[8] and the winner was announced on 16 June.[9]

2013[edit]

The shortlist was announced on 18 April 2013[10] and the winner was announced on 14 June 2013.[11]

2014[edit]

The shortlist was announced 4 April 2014,[12] and the winner was announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, on 13 June.[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Walter Scott Prize, bordersbookfestival.org, last accessed April 2012.
  2. ^ "Historic fiction award honours Sir Walter Scott", BBC, 27 Jan 2010
  3. ^ "New Walter Scott prize to honour historical novels", The Guardian, 2 Feb 2010
  4. ^ "Booker rivals clash again on Walter Scott prize shortlist", The Guardian, 2 Apr 2010
  5. ^ "Mantel's Wolf Hall wins inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical novels", Scotsman.com, 20 June 2010
  6. ^ "Walter Scott historical fiction shortlist announced". BBC news. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 12 Jun 2011. 
  7. ^ Alison Flood. "Andrea Levy wins Walter Scott prize", The Guardian, 20 June 2011
  8. ^ "Walter Scott historical fiction shortlist announced". BBC News. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 12 Apr 2012. 
  9. ^ Alison Flood (16 June 2012). "Sebastian Barry wins Walter Scott prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  10. ^ 18 April 2013. "Shortlist for 2013 Walter Scott Prize Announced". Borders Book Festival. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tan Twan Eng wins The Walter Scott Prize". Borders Book Festival. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2014". Walter Scott Prize. 4 April 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Robert Harris wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction". BBC News (BBC). 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

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