The Wardrobe Mistress Shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize 2018

RCW is delighted to announce that The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath has been shortlisted for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The Prize celebrates quality, innovation and longevity of writing in the English language, and is open to books first published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Reflecting the subtitle ‘Sixty Years Since’ of Scott’s most famous work Waverley, the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago.

The winner will be announced on 16th June at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Melrose.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Patrick McGrath: Peter Straus)

RCW authors Longlisted for Theakston Crime Novel Award

We are delighted to announce that A Rising Man by Abir MukherjeeThe Long Drop by Denise Mina and Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin have all been longlisted for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award.

The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.

The shortlist of six titles will be announced on 27 May, followed by a six-week promotion in libraries and in WHSmith stores nationwide. The overall winner will be decided by the panel of Judges, alongside a public vote. The public vote opens on 1 July and closes 14 July at

The winner will be announced at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, hosted in Harrogate in mid-July.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland; Agent for Denise Mina and Ian Rankin: Peter Robinson)

RCW Authors Shortlisted For Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist was announced and three RCW authors are among the six novelists.

The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai (translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes)

The White Book by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith)

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Jennifer Croft)

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize. At the heart of the celebration will be an unmissable festival at the Southbank Centre in London from 6 to 8 July 2018.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for László Krasznahorkai, Han Kang, Olga Tokarczuk: Laurence Laluyaux)

Han Kang’s Human Acts Shortlisted For Dublin Literary Award

Human Acts by Han Kang is among the 10 shortlisted novels for the Dublin Literary Award.

Originally written in Korean, Human Acts is one of six novels in translation on the shortlist.

‘This is the beauty of this award; it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide…’ said Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Ardmhéara, Mícheál Mac Donncha, Patron of the Award.

The winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced on 13th June.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Han Kang: Laurence Laluyaux)

First Love By Gwendoline Riley Shortlisted for James Tait Black Prize

Gwendoline Riley’s First Love has been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize.

First Love draws the reader into the battleground of Neve’s marriage to Edwyn, a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in which both husband and wife have played a part.

The James Tait Black Awards are awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Literature, Languages and Cultures. The winner of the award will be announced on 18th August.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Gwendoline Riley: Zöe Waldie)