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The Walter Scott Prize

I love History, fiction and non-fiction, and I love Andrea Levy so it’s great to read that she’s won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her latest novel, The Long Song.

The judging panel described The Long Song, the ‘memoir’ of an elderly Jamaican former slave woman in the early 19th-century, as “quite simply a celebration of the triumphant human spirit in times of great adversity“.
The Walter Scott Prize is sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch (distant descendants of Sir Walter Scott) with support from EventScotland and was launched only last year.
The prize’s definition of historical is where the events described take place at least 60 years before publication, and so stand outside the personal experience of the author. The definition comes from Scott’s subtitle for his novel Waverley: “Tis Sixty Years Since.”

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