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Here’s a great new “long-list” of titles nominated for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.  From their website:

“Now in its fifth year, the Walter Scott Prize has become a prestigious and distinctive star in the firmament of literary prizes.  Honouring the achievements of Sir Walter Scott, the founding father of the historical novel, the Prize rewards writing of exceptional quality with a setting of ‘Sixty Years Since’, echoing the subtitle of Scott’s most famous work, Waverley.  With a winner’s prize of £25,000, it rivals the biggest and best literary prizes in the UK.”

Of the six titles on the list this year, Andrew Greig’s Fair Helen doesn’t seem to be available yet here in the States, but all the rest are already major titles for us: from Hachette, Kate Atkinson‘s revelatory Life After Life.  New just this month from Skyhorse, comes The Promise, by Ann Weisgarber.  A favorite with some of our own, from Random House, Harvest, by Jim Crace, author of the award winning, Being Dead, among many great books.  If you don’t already know Eleanor Catton, she’s already won the Man Booker Prize for this one, The Luminaries, from Hachette.  The new book from the author of Fatherland, Robert Harris makes the list with An Officer and a Spy, from Random House.

There’s a pretty wide range of history, subject and style here, on what is now among our favorite lists of the new award season.  Read away.