Walter Scott Prize

Sponsored by Sir Walter Scott’s distant kinsmen the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize celebrates quality, and innovation of writing in the English language, and is open to books published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth.

Reflecting the subtitle ‘Sixty Years Since’ of Scott’s most famous work Waverley, the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago.Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. With a total value of over £30,000, it is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past.

The Prize was founded in 2010, and is awarded at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June every year. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1000.

2020
 
The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey
 
To Calais, In Ordinary Times by James Meek
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
The Redeemed by Tim Pears
A Sin of Omission by Marguerite Poland
2019
 
(A) A Long Way Home by Peter Carey
After the Party by Cressida Connolly
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
Warlight by Michael Oondaatje
The Long Take by Robin Robertson
 

 

 
2018
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Grace by Paul Lynch
The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik
The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
 
2017
Jo Baker A Country Road, A Tree
Sebastian Barry Days Without End 
(A) Hannah Kent The Good People
Francis Spufford Golden Hill
Rose Tremain The Gustav Sonata

 

2016
William Boyd Sweet Caress
Patrick Gale A Place Called Winter
Gavin McCrea Mrs Engels
Allan Massie End Games in Bordeaux
Simon Mawer Tightrope
2015
John Spurling The Ten Thousand Things
Martin Amis The Zone of Interest
Helen Dunmore The Lie England
Hermione Eyre Viper Wine
Adam Foulds In the Wolf’s Mouth
Damon Galgut Arctic Summer
Kamila Shamsie A God in Every Stone
2014
Robert Harris An Officer and a Spy
Kate Atkinson Life After Life
Jim Crace Harvest
Andrew Greig Fair Helen
Ann Weisgarber The Promise
2013
Tan Twan Eng The Garden of Evening Mists
 
Pat Barker Toby’s Room
 
 
 
Anthony Quinn The Streets
 
Rose Tremain Merivel: A Man of His Time
 
2012
Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side
 
 
Esi Edugyan Half-Blood Blues
 
Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger’s Child
 
 
Barry Unsworth The Quality of Mercy
 
2011
Andrea Levy The Long Song
 
Tom McCarthy C
 
David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
 
Joseph O’Connor Ghost Light
 
C. J. Sansom Heartstone
 
Andrew Williams To Kill A Tsar
2010
 
Adam Thorpe Hodd
Robert Harris Lustrum
Sarah Dunant Sacred Hearts
Iain Pears Stone’s Fall
Simon Mawer The Glass Room
Adam Foulds The Quickening Maze

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