Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2018

Following last month’s announcement of the 2018 longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the shortlist has been revealed 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 six books on this year’s list and here they are:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Sugar Money by Jane Harris

Grace by Paul Lynch

The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath

Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers


I am currently halfway through Sugar Money, but haven’t read any of the other five books yet. If you’ve read them, please let me know what you thought. I’ll be reading them all eventually anyway, but which would you recommend I read first?

The winner will be announced in June.

15 thoughts on “Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2018

  1. whatcathyreadnext says:

    I’ve read three of them – The Wardrobe Mistress, The Gallows Pole and Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves. The latter is my personal favourite but I also really enjoyed The Wardrobe Mistress. The Gallows Pole is quite remarkable. I tipped it to make the shortlist and as a good bet for eventual winner. I called it the Days Without End of the 2018 list. I’m planning to read the other three (I was working my way through the longlist but hadn’t yet got any of those) starting with whichever becomes available at the library next.

    • Helen says:

      You’ve made a good start on the shortlist already, then. I hope you enjoy the other three. It will be interesting to see if you’re right about The Gallows Pole – I’m looking forward to reading that one!

    • Helen says:

      I’ve only read one book by Jennifer Egan – A Visit from the Goon Squad – and it wasn’t really my kind of book. Manhattan Beach sounds very different so I’m hopeful that I’ll like it better, especially as you enjoyed it so much.

  2. FictionFan says:

    I haven’t read any of them, I’m afraid, but I’ve seen several very positive reviews of The Gallows Pole, so it’s sitting on my wishlist. I was also intrigued by Sugar Money when it came out, but as usual haven’t found time to read it. Maybe you’ll persuade me when you review it…

  3. cirtnecce says:

    I have not read any and have now added all of them to my never ending TBR. I have also placed an order for The Wardrobe Mistress after all your recommendation and the blurb which sounds very very intriguing! Thank You for some great suggestions!

  4. aparatchick says:

    I really enjoyed Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves. It went in a direction I did not expect, but which wasn’t out of left field. The Wardrobe Mistress is on my TBR.

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves. It’s not a book I had thought about reading before it appeared on this list, but it does sound good and I’m looking forward to reading it now.

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