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.


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

Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers

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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