Six in running for £25,000 award

THE shortlist for the second Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, which will be presented at the Borders Book Festival on Saturday, June 8, has been announced.

The award is the fifth richest book prize in the UK and has been made possible by the generosity of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. It is worth £25,000 to the winner.

The shortlisted titles are: The Long Song by Andrea Levy; C by Tom McCarthy; The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell; Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor; Heartstone by C. J. Sansom; and To Kill a Tsar by Andrew Williams.

The prize, won last year by Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall, will be presented in the main festival marquee in a ceremony lasting from 1.30 till 2pm.