Edinburgh-based author Ever Dundas’ novel, Goblin, was today named as one of the 20 recommended historical novels from the UK & Commonwealth in the last year by The Walter Scott Prize Academy.
Goblin tells the story of an outcast girl growing up in London during World War 2. Having been rejected by her mother, she leads a feral life with a gang of young children, taking refuge in a self-constructed but magical imaginary world.
Other subjects and settings on the list range from steamships in the Chilean Civil War to warships in Greenock during WW2, and from 1920s Hollywood to 18th century slavery in The Cape, and the list includes newly published historical novels from Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and England.
The twenty books recommended by the Academy are in addition to the Prize longlist of thirteen, which was released at the beginning of March. A shortlist will be announced in April.
Founder and sponsor of the Prize, The Duchess of Buccleuch, said:
We’re delighted with the depth and richness of the recommended titles that our learned academy from home and overseas have brought to our attention. We would like to thank our Academy for giving us the opportunity to shine a light on and share historical novels from further afield.
The full list for the Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommended Books can be found on the website here.
The Walter Scott Prize Academy
The Walter Scott Prize Academy is an advisory group feeding into the submission process of the prestigious Walter Scott Prize, and comprises people at the centre of literary life in the UK and Commonwealth countries, including the artistic directors of book festivals around the world, leading book retailers and literary critics. The Academy was created two years ago to help broaden the reach of the Prize and strengthen its resources.