THE shortlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction was announced yesterday.
The winner of one of the UK’s most lucrative literary awards, now in its fourth year, will be revealed at a special event at 7.45pm on Friday, June 14, during the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose.
Tickets are priced £10.
The shortlist for the prize, which will again be generously donated by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, is as follows:
z Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
z The Daughters Of Mars by Thomas Keneally
z The Garden Of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
z Toby’s Room by Pat Barker
z Merivel by Rose Tremain
z The Streets by Anthony Quinn
Following yesterday’s announcement, the judges said: “This year’s shortlist is rich and complex, and contains breathtaking writing and gloriously-unexpected stories which refresh understandings of history in a way in which Sir Walter Scott would have approved.”