Martin Amis and Hermione Eyre are among the authors on the shortlist for this year’s £30,000 Walter Scott Prize.
The shortlist, announced last night at the former John Murray office in Albemarle Street, comprises seven novels: The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis (Cape), The Lie by Helen Dunmore (Windmill), Viper Wine byHermione Eyre (Cape), In the Wolf’s Mouth by Adam Foulds (Vintage), Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut (Atlantic), A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury) and The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling (Duckworth).
Authors longlisted for the prize who failed to make the shortlist include Jessie Burton for The Miniaturist (Picador) and Esther Freud for Mr Mac and Me (Bloomsbury).
First awarded in 2010, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction honours Sir Walter Scott, and rewards fiction of exceptional quality which is set in the past. It is sponsored by Scott’s distant kinsmen the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.
The prize winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland on the 13th June. The winner will receive £30,000, and the five other shortlisted authors receive £1,000 each.