The Walter Scott Prize released the 2015 longlist earlier this week. It’s the first time they’ve done this, and I am delighted. Also a little relieved because I’m feeling slightly out of kilter with the prize lists so far this year. I had very little interest in the Costas and I have almost none in the Folio Prize Shortlist, so am happy that this list excites me.
The prize is in its 6th year and I have, thus far, read and written about all previous winners. I intend to stick to that pattern even though I’m not committing to reading the whole longlist, or even the shortlist, when it appears. From the longlist, I’ve read 1, abandoned 2, and I will read the 4 in my TBR hoping that the winner comes from that selection. And maybe, because plenty of notice has been served, I might pick up one of two more titles once I’ve finished #tbr20.
In the meantime, here are 5 archive posts about past winners. All come highly recommended although the 2010 and 2013 winners are my personal favourites, and the 2015 winner is not only a historical novel but a cracking thriller as well!
2010 Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
2011 The Long Song – Andrea Levy
2012 On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry
2013 The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
2014 An Officer and A Spy – Robert Harris
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