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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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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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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