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27 February 2024

Tom Crewe, Victoria MacKenzie and Zadie Smith longlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024

Zadie Smith’s The Fraud (Hamish Hamilton), Tom Crewe’s The New Life (Chatto & Windus) and Victoria MacKenzie’s For Thy Great Pain, Have Mercy On My Little Pain (Bloomsbury) are among the books longlisted for the 2024 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1,500. Since it was founded fifteen years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize has awarded nearly £400,000 to writers and brought over 150 great novels to wider public attention.

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27 February 2024

Wiz Wharton and Tom Crewe longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2024

Tom Crewe's The New Life (Vintage) and Wiz Wharton's Ghost Girl, Banana (Hodder & Stoughton) are among those longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, now in its 70th year.

The shortlist will be announced on 25th March with an event for shortlisted writers at the National Liberal Club in London on 24th April. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the National Liberal Club on 22nd May. Inaugurated in 1954, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award is now in its 70th year, making it the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction and – except for the James Tait Black and the Hawthornden – the oldest literary prize in Britain.  

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27 February 2024

Tom Crewe and Noreen Masud shortlisted for Young Writer of the Year Award 2024

Tom Crewe and Noreen Masud have been shortlisted for Young Writer of the Year Award 2024. Tom Crewe is in the running for his debut about "19th-Century forbidden desire", The New Life (Vintage), which won the 2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Noreen Masud is competing for the award with her "raw and radical" autobiography, A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton), which is also longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction 2024.

The Charlotte Aitken Trust has increased the prize sum to £10,000. Each shortlistee also receives £1,000. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at Canova Hall in Brixton, London, on 19th March 2024.

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