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Tom Crewe, Katherine Rundell, Clare Bucknell & Dan Stone longlisted for the HWA Crown Awards 2023

The longlist for the 2023 HWA Crown Awards has been unveiled, and featured are Tom Crewe, Clare Bucknell and Katherine Rundell. Tom Crewe's novel A New Life (Chatto & Windus) is shortlisted for the Debut Crown Award, and judges said: "Set against the backdrop of the Oscar Wilde trials, this is a fascinating, immersive story of bravery and love with a great sense of place and time – a beautiful read from the first page to the last."

In the non-fiction category, Clare Bucknell is recognized for her work The Treasuries: Poetry Anthologies and the Making of British Culture (Head of Zeus), "a wonderfully compelling book that draws you into the fascinating, largely unexplored world of anthologies." Katherine Rundell is longlisted for Super-Infinite (Faber), which judges described as: "Magnificent. If you want to know what the word metaphysical really means, and why John Donne was its greatest exponent, turn to Katharine Rundell’s fascinating portrait of his metamorphosis from lover to priest." The Holocaust: An Unfinished History by Dan Stone (Penguin) is also longlisted, a book that "lays bare the reality of the many other peoples who brutalised and murdered Jews across Europe in a tale of endless horror that many will be unfamiliar with and everyone should read.

The HWA Crown Awards longlists include 36 books celebrating the best in historical writing, fiction and non-fiction, published during 2022–2023. There are three awards categories: HWA Gold Crown, HWA Non-fiction Crown, and HWA Debut Crown. The shortlists will be announced on 18 October, 2023, and the winners announced during an awards ceremony on 22 November, 2023.

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