The longlist for the 2022 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced today! Thanks to this prize, I have discovered lots of great books and authors over the last few years and always look out for the longlists and shortlists; in fact, trying to read all of the shortlisted titles since the prize began in 2010 is a personal project of mine (you can see my progress here).
There are thirteen books on this year’s longlist:
Blue Postcards by Douglas Bruton (Fairlight Books)
Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson Heinemann)
Mrs England by Stacey Halls (Manilla Press)
The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small by Neil Jordan (Lilliput Press)
The Sunken Road by Ciarán McMenamin (Harvill Secker)
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed (Viking)
News of the Dead by James Robertson (Hamish Hamilton)
China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Harvill Secker)
Fortune by Amanda Smyth (Peepal Tree Press)
Learwife by J.R Thorp (Canongate)
The Magician by Colm Tóibín (Viking)
I have only read two of the books on the longlist so far. I loved Rose Nicolson and am not surprised to see it included here and I also enjoyed Still Life (apart from the lack of speech marks, which was annoying). Mrs England has been on my TBR since last year and I will definitely try to read it before the shortlist is revealed, while The Fortune Men and Snow Country are also books that I was already thinking about reading. Of the others, I’m familiar with Learwife and The Magician but haven’t been tempted to read either, and the rest are completely new to me. I’m always surprised when I haven’t heard of half of the longlisted titles, considering how much historical fiction I read!
Have you read any of these books? Which ones would you recommend?
The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner in June at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland.