Sunday, April 4, 2010

HT News

The Shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize which is the new major prize for historical fiction writers in the UK has been announced. The books that made the list were:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel  - Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer - 1930s Czechoslavakia
Lustrum by Robert Harris - Rome
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant - 16th century Italy
The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds - Two poets in the 1840s
Stone's Fall by Iain Pears - early 20th century England
Hodd by Adam Thorpe - retelling of the legend of Robin Hood

No prize list seems to be complete without Wolf Hall this year! I haven't read any of these! Have you? Are they worthy of winning the inaugural prize?

Current Giveaways

The Queen's Pawn by Christy English at Scandalous Women
 The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion and The Time of Singing, all by Elizabeth Chadwick at A Reader's Respite
The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer also at A Reader's Respite
The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
The Queen's Pawn by Christy English at The Queen of Happy Endings (along with two other books)

In other news, Ana recently reviewed Rosanne E Lortz's novel I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince. Rosanne also guest posted for us, and now she has just announced that her book trailer is complete, and Ana's review has been quoted as part of the trailer! Well done Ana, and well done to Rosanne!


  1. I have read Wolf Hall, and it is seriously awesome. If you are at all interested in The Tudors, it is a must read.

  2. I am interested, but also feel as though I need to really set some time apart without any other reading commitments to give it the attention it needs!