Six make final of literary award

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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.”