We have not one, but two pieces of brilliant prize news to share with you! Nothing Left to Fear from Hell by Alan Warner has been shortlisted for the prestigious Winston Graham Historical Prize. This prize is awarded in memory of Winston Graham, author of Poldark, and celebrates historical fiction with a powerful sense of place.
Charlotte Hobson, author and Chair of the Judges this year, says, ‘This is the first year we’ve run the Winston Graham Prize as a nationwide prize with the emphasis on a sense of place. The hope was that by throwing the net wide, we’d come up with a shortlist to demonstrate the best of historical fiction being published in the UK and Ireland today. Well, that hope has been more than fulfilled.
‘The sheer variety and boldness of style are thrilling. Gone are the days when the historical novel was considered a poor cousin to the contemporary novel – here are six of the most original and extraordinary storytellers writing today, and they’ve chosen the historical novel as their form.’
See the full list of shortlisted books in the image below:
Excitingly, Nothing Left to Fear from Hell has also been included in the Highland Book Prize longlist, which celebrates literature with a strong connection to the Scottish Highlands. See the full Highland Book Prize longlist below:
This novel is indeed a beautiful, visceral ode to this part of Scotland. In the aftermath of the disastrous Battle of Culloden, a lonely figure takes flight with a small band of companions through the islands and mountains of the Hebrides. His name is Charles Edward Stuart: better known today as Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Multi- award-winning author Alan Warner traces the frantic last journey through Scotland of a man who history will come to define for his failure, in writing that is lyrical, funny, and at times grotesque.
If you have not yet experienced Nothing Left to Fear from Hell, you can find it in your local bookshop, directly from our website, or from your preferred online retailer!