The Wardrobe Mistress Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize

We are thrilled to announce that The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath has been longlisted for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize  is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world.  With a total value of over £30,000, it is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past.

Thirteen books have been selected from the largest number of entries in the Prize’s eight year history – an increase of 40% on last year.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Patrick McGrath: Peter Straus)

RCW Authors Shortlisted in The National Press Awards

RCW is delighted to announce that five of our writers have been shortlisted in The National Press Awards for 2017. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, I (Columnist of the Year Broadsheet); Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian and Hadley Freeman, Guardian (Interviewer of the Year Broadsheet); Sam Knight, Guardian (Feature Writer of the Year Broadsheet) and Rachel Johnson, Mail on Sunday (Columnist of the Year Pop). The National Press Awards is organised by the Society of Editors and celebrates the best of UK National Journalism.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday 13 March 2018. For more information about the shortlist please see here.

(Agent for Hadley Freeman and Rachel Johnson: Georgia Garrett; Agent for Decca Aitkenhead and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Natasha Fairweather; Agent for Sam Knight: Emma Paterson)

Kathryn Hind Wins The Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

We are delighted to announce that Kathryn Hind has won the inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize.

The prize, which launched last July, aims to find and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction and nonfiction.

Hind’s novel, Hitch, was selected from an pool of 409 submissions and will be published by Vintage Knopf, Penguin Random House Australia in 2019.

(Agent for Kathryn Hind: Emma Paterson)

Han Kang and Bernard MacLaverty Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize

RCW are delighted to announce that Han Kang’s The White Book and Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break have been longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the many ways in which literature can illuminate our relationship with health, medicine and illness.

The shortlisted titles will be announced on 20 March 2018.

(Agent for Han Kang: Laurence Laluyaux, Agent for Bernard MacLaverty: Gill Coleridge)

Sebastian Barry is New Laureate for Irish Fiction

RCW is thrilled to announce that Sebastian Barry is the new Irish Laureate for Fiction. At a ceremony in the Arts Council, Barry received his medal from the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins. Barry takes over the laureateship from Anne Enright for a three year term.

The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council and is run in partnership with University College Dublin and New York University. The role seeks to acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life by honouring an established Irish writer of fiction, encouraging a new generation of writers, promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally and encouraging the public to engage with Irish fiction.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Sebastian Barry: Natasha Fairweather)