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Treloar shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize

Australian author Lucy Treloar has been shortlisted for the UK’s Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for her novel Salt Creek (Picador).

Salt Creek is one of six books shortlisted for the prize, which honours the legacy and achievements of historical novelist Walter Scott. Also shortlisted are: Sweet Caress (William Boyd, Bloomsbury), A Place Called Winter (Patrick Gale, Tinder Press), Mrs Engels (Gavin McCrea, Scribe), End Games in Bordeaux (Allan Massie, Quartet) and Tightrope (Simon Mawer, Little, Brown).

The judges said in a statement: ‘The six books we have chosen are certainly evocative—transporting us from the Great Northern prairies to the South Australian coast, via a wide sweep across pre-war and post-war Europe—but they also tell great stories, and bring periods of history alive, much as Walter Scott did in his time.’

The winner will be announced on 18 June. The winner receives £25,000 (A$47,258) and each of the shortlisted authors receives £1000 (A$1890). For more information, visit the website here.


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