2017 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist

Following last month’s revelation of the 2017 longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the shortlist has been announced today. As you probably know by now, I am currently working my way through all of the shortlisted titles for this prize since it began in 2010 (you can see my progress here). There are seven books on this year’s list and for once I’m off to a good start as I’ve already read three of them!

Here are the seven:

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson

The Good People by Hannah Kent

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain


Of the three books that I’ve read, I loved Golden Hill and The Good People, and although I wasn’t a fan of Days Without End, Sebastian Barry’s writing is beautiful and I would say it has a good chance of winning. Of the four that I haven’t read, I already have a copy of The Gustav Sonata which I’m hoping to read soon, but I don’t know anything about the others. Have you read any of them? What do you think of this year’s shortlist?

The winner will be announced in June!

21 thoughts on “2017 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist

  1. FictionFan says:

    I wasn’t so keen on The Good People and that’s the only one I’ve read so far. I have a copy of Days Without End though, which will be my first introduction to Barry’s work, so I have no idea how I’ll get along with that. Otherwise, I’ve seen positive reviews of the Swift and, I think, the Tremain, but the rest don’t ring any bells. I look forward to hearing what you think of them! 😀

    • Helen says:

      I’ll be interested to know what you think of Days Without End. It isn’t my favourite of his books (I’ve read four of them so far) but I think that’s partly because I preferred the settings of his earlier ones. His writing is always beautiful, though. 🙂

  2. beckylindroos says:

    Looking through your list of short-listers I counted 17 I’ve read, not quite as many as you have. Of the 2917 list, I’m looking forward most to The Gustav Sonata and Mothering Sunday. Maybe I’ll make a list like you have. 🙂

  3. whatmeread says:

    Yay, I’ve already read one! But you are really getting through them. I’ll update my Walter Scott page and put in the links to your reviews. I haven’t reviewed The Gustav Sonata yet.

  4. Carmen says:

    Among the longlisted I read two that weren’t shortlisted. I would love to read Golden Hill (I read your review) and The Gustav Sonata (I don’t know what it is about but I like the title).

  5. Sandra says:

    Several of these are already on my tbr: The Gustav Sonata, Golden Hill, Mothering Sunday. The Jo Baker is new to me and it sounds great. Another for the list!

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