Walter Scott Prize
The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award founded in 2010. At £25,000, it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK. 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.
Eligible books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year. 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. The winner is announced each June at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.
Winners and shortlist
The shortlist was announced 1 April 2010 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.
- Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall - Thomas Cromwell (1485–1540).
- Adam Thorpe for Hodd - Robin Hood (early medieval).
- Robert Harris for Lustrum - Cicero (106–43 BC)
- Sarah Dunant for Sacred Hearts - 16th-century Italian convent
- Iain Pears for Stone's Fall - early 20th-century mystery/thriller
- Simon Mawer for The Glass Room - 1930s Czech
- Adam Foulds for The Quickening Maze - John Clare and Alfred Tennyson (early 19th century)
- Andrea Levy for The Long Song - 1820s Jamaica
- Tom McCarthy for C - turn of the 20th-century Europe
- David Mitchell for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - late 18th-century Shogun Japan
- Joseph O'Connor for Ghost Light - 20th-century England and Ireland
- C. J. Sansom for Heartstone - England during the summer of 1545
- Andrew Williams for To Kill A Tsar - St Petersburg around the turn of the 20th century
- Sebastian Barry, On Canaan's Side - 20th-century Ireland and Chicago
- Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers - Oregon and California in 1851
- Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues - World War II-era Europe
- Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child - World War I-era Europe
- Andrew Miller, Pure - Paris in 1786
- Barry Unsworth, The Quality of Mercy - London of 1767 and a Durham coastal mining village
- Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists - 1940s and '50s Malaya
- Pat Barker, Toby's Room - WWI
- Thomas Keneally, The Daughters of Mars - WWI
- Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies - Tudor England
- Anthony Quinn, The Streets - 1880s London
- Rose Tremain, Merivel: A Man of His Time - 1680s England
- Robert Harris, An Officer and a Spy - Dreyfus Affair, which took place in France in the late 1890s
- Kate Atkinson, Life After Life - during the 20th century
- Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries - New Zealand gold rush of the 19th century
- Jim Crace, Harvest - remote English village following the Enclosure Act in the 18th century
- Andrew Greig, Fair Helen - 1590s in the Borderland of Scotland and England
- Ann Weisgarber, The Promise - 1900 Galveston hurricane
- John Spurling, The Ten Thousand Things - China in the 14th century
- Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest - Europe during World War II
- Helen Dunmore, The Lie - England during WWI
- Hermione Eyre, Viper Wine - England in the 17th century
- Adam Foulds, In the Wolf's Mouth - Italy in World War II
- Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer - India in the early 20th century
- Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone - India during WWI
- William Boyd, Sweet Caress - 20th century global
- Patrick Gale, A Place Called Winter - early 20th century Saskatchewan
- Gavin McCrea, Mrs Engels - 19th century England
- Allan Massie, End Games in Bordeaux - France WWII
- Simon Mawer, Tightrope - France WWII
- Lucy Treloar, Salt Creek - mid-19th century Australia
- Jo Baker, A Country Road, A Tree - WWII France
- Sebastian Barry, Days Without End - US Civil War
- Charlotte Hobson, The Vanishing Futurist - Russia early Soviet era
- Hannah Kent, The Good People - 19th century Ireland
- Francis Spufford, Golden Hill - 18th century New York
- Graham Swift, Mothering Sunday - 30 March 1924
- Rose Tremain, The Gustav Sonata - Switzerland during WWII
The shortlist was announced April 18, 2018. The winner was announced 16 June 2018 at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.
- Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach - WWII New York
- Jane Harris, Sugar Money - 18thC Martinique and Grenada
- Paul Lynch, Grace - 19thC Ireland
- Patrick McGrath, The Wardrobe Mistress - 1940s London
- Rachel Malik, Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves - WWII
- Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole - Yorkshire 18thC
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- Walter Scott Prize
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