‘In times of crisis, historical fiction is both reassurance and escape’.
The historical fiction prize is worth £25,000 with each shortlisted author receiving €1,500. Previous Irish winners include Sebastian Barry for Days Without End in 2016.
Typically the winner is announced in June at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose but as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak plans for the announcement are under review.
Walter Scott Prize 2020 shortlist
- The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey
- The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
- To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek
- Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
- The Redeemed by Tim Pears
- A Sin of Omission by Marguerite Poland
For more info on the Walter Scott Prize: https://www.walterscottprize.co.uk/