Damian Barr

You Will Be Safe Here is the brilliant debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe. Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog….

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Gulliver’s Travels in Historical Fiction

Alongside the shortlist and winners, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction presents 20 further recommendations selected by the Prize’s Academy. Join Academy member and Associate Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Roland Gulliver, on a literary journey as he explores why we need to read these novels….

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John Lanchester

In The Wall, John Lanchester takes our current political climate to its terrible and logical extreme in a harrowing, brilliant and troublingly plausible vision of the future. Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he has only two years of this, 729 more nights….

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Natalie Haynes : Troy Story

Star of the BBC Radio 4 series Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, Natalie brings her unique combination of ancient history and stand-up comedy to take you on a tour around the Trojan War, the setting for her latest novel A Thousand Ships….

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Chris Mullin : The Friends of Harry Perkins

A Very British Coup was a wonderful political thriller about a Labour prime minister called Harry Perkins, memorably played by Ray McAnally in a superb TV series. Written by an insider, it seemed all too plausible. Chris was Labour MP for Sunderland South from 1987 to 2010 and since his retirement a sequel has been brewing. At last we have The Friends of Harry Perkins….

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The Walter Scott Prize

Founded and sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is at once a glorious celebration of Scott’s invention of the historical novel and also a source of continuing encouragement to writers in that enormously popular genre. With £25,000 to the winner and £1,000 to all who are shortlisted, it can be life and career changing….

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Alan Titchmarsh

To describe Alan as a National Treasure would not do his talents justice. A gardener, a poet, an excellent and innovative TV presenter, a writer of non-fiction and a novelist, he is an immensely creative and empathetic man….

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Elizabeth Macneal : The Doll Factory

This debut novel won the Caledonian Novel Award and was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and a Radio 2 Book Club Choice. It brings to life 1850s London in all its grime and glory and is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose dark obsession may destroy her world forever.

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