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15 books that could make history this year

Organisers of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction have announced the longlist for this year’s prize, the winner of which will be revealed in June at the Borders Book Festival at Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

These are the 15 longlisted titles:

  1. The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
  2. The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
  3. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  4. The Lie by Helen Dunmore
  5. Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre
  6. In the Wolf’s Mouth by Adam Foulds
  7. Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud
  8. Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
  9. Wake by Anna Hope
  10. The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
  11. The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
  12. A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
  13. The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
  14. The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling
  15. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters