The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023

By Timberbooks

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023

By Timberbooks

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction was founded in 2010 by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Alistair Moffat.  Born from a desire to mark the very great achievements of their distant kinsman Sir Walter Scott, the Duke and Duchess wanted to celebrate the new resurgence of the genre he created.  We offer our condolences to family and friends, following the death of the Duchess of Buccleuch on 30 April 2023.

 

The 2023 Longlist was announced on 14 February and the Shortlist chosen in the Spring. The winning title for 2023 was announced in June at the Borders Book Festival event in Melrose, Scotland.

 

11 of the 12 Longlisted titles are available here.  One title - THE SETTLEMENT by Jock Serong (Text Publishing, Australia) - is not available on this platform, so please contact us directly if you would like us to try and source a copy for you.

Act of Oblivion: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Robert Harris

£22.00 £20.90

Shortlisted

The Chosen: who pays the price of a writer's fame?

Elizabeth Lowry

£18.99 £18.04

Shortlisted

The Sun Walks Down: 'Steinbeckian majesty' - Sunday Times

Fiona McFarlane

£18.99 £18.04

Shortlisted

My Name is Yip: Shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize

Paddy Crewe

£9.99 £9.49

Longlisted

My Name is Yip: Shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize

Paddy Crewe

£14.99 £14.24

Longlisted

THE SETTLEMENT by Jock Serong, Text Publishing, Australia. (see above for availability):

 

Newly colonised Australia, 1831, and The Man (identified in the foreword as George Augustus Robinson) brings a small group of convicts and Aboriginal locals to attempt to locate the Big River Tribe.  The aim is to move them off their land and onto one of the remote Furneaux Islands before settlers move in and kill them.  Once there, The Man will become The Commandant and continue his colonisation experiment, attempting to ‘Europeanise’ the natives. In this, the final part of Serong’s three historical novels series – preceded by Preservation and The Burning Island — and narrated by Whelk, a boy who sees the worst of colonisation but still finds his own way to fight back, the themes of colonialisation, exploitation and resilience loom large and the beauty of the Furneaux Islands stands in constant and affecting contrast to the abhorrent ugliness of the colonialist project and its brutality.

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