Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlist announced

Seven novels have been shortlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. This annual British literary award was founded in 2010 and is open to novels first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year. This year’s shortlist includes 2010 winner Sebastian Barry for his most recent novel, set during the American Civil War, titled Days without End.

The winner of the £25,000 award will be announced on 17th June 2017.

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2016 International Dublin literary Award shortlist announced

Syndetics book coverTen novels have been shortlist for the year’s International Dublin Literary Award. These have been selected from novels nominated by over 130 libraries around the world, most nominating up to 3 titles.

Included in the shortlist is the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James’s novel titled, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and the 2015 Folio Prize winner Akhil Sharma’s novel titled, Family life. Syndetics book coverThey are joined by Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson and two debut novelists, Mary Costello from Ireland and Scholastique Mukasonga from Rwanda.

The winner of the €100,000 prize will be announced in Dublin 9th June 2016.

2016 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

Syndetics book coverThe Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded to the best full-length novel of the year written by a woman and published in the United Kingdom. From a longlist of twenty novels by some world’s most highly acclaimed female writers, the Bailey’s 2016 judging panel have announced the shortlist of six, in contention for the prize of £30,000.

This year there are three debut novels, Ruby, by American writer Cynthia Bond, The Improbability of Love by the much Syndetics book coveraccomplished British writer Hannah Rothschild, and the much favoured, The Glorious Heresies by Irish writer Lisa McInerney.

The Green Road by Anne Enright, shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Award and A little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize are joined by American writer Elizabeth McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen in this year’s shortlist.
The winner will be announced in London on 8th June 2016.