Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Jo Baker & Francis Spufford, plus a recap

  As time draws to a close before the prize winner is announced tomorrow in Melrose, Scotland, it's time to opine on the last two novels from the shortlist which I'd planned to read and talk about. Namely: A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker and Francis Spufford's Golden Hill.         …

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Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Rose Tremain’s ‘The Gustav Sonata’

  I've been trotting around Scotland over the past few days, traveling to the Isle of Arran and riding through the western coast of the mainland. Though I took along a book, I didn't have much time for reading. There's just been too much to see, like this:   And this:     Also, lots …

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Walter Scott Prize 2017 Shortlist: Graham Swift’s ‘Mothering Sunday’

  This year's Shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize consists of seven novels: four by female authors, and three by men. There's Sebastian Barry, who's Irish, Hannah Kent from Australia, and the rest are English. Interesting no Scots made the Shortlist - not that there must be. I am, as I said earlier, hoping to …

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