Today the Walter Scott Prize Academy has announced its annual list of twenty recommended historical fiction novels published in the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth in 2017. This is in addition to the prize longlist of thirteen books which was released a few weeks ago.
I don’t have any plans to try to read all of these books, but I thought I would list them here because this is such an intriguing selection of titles:
The Death of the Fronsac by Neal Ascherson (Apollo, UK)
Mrs Osmond by John Banville (Viking, UK)
Softness of the Lime by Maxine Case (Umuzi, South Africa)
He by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton, UK)
Larchfield by Polly Clark (Riverrun, UK)
Goblin by Ever Dundas (Saraband, UK)
The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan (Goose Lane Editions, Canada)
The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo (Tramp Press, Ireland)
My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis (Victorina Press, UK)
Story Land by Catherine McKinnon (4th Estate, Australia)
Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons by Jocelyn Nullity (Inanna Publications, Canada)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Tinder Press, Australia)
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (Virago, UK)
Speakeasy by Alisa Smith (Douglas & McIntyre, Canada)
A Reckoning by Linda Spalding (McClelland & Stewart, Canada)
The Secret Books by Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber, UK)
The Esquimaux by Tom Tivnan (Silvertail Books, UK)
City of Crows by Chris Womersley (Picador, Australia)
The Photographer by Mieke Ziervoge (Salt, UK)
I do try to keep up to date with newly published historical fiction, but apart from Soot (which I have read and enjoyed), the only others on this list that I know anything about are Larchfield, Mrs Osmond and See What I Have Done. I haven’t even heard of most of the others!
What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Are there any that you think I need to read as soon as possible?