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Kent, Smith longlisted for Walter Scott Prize

Australian author Hannah Kent and Australian-born, US-based Dominic Smith have been longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Kent is longlisted for The Good People (Picador) and Smith for The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (A&U). In total, 13 novels are longlisted for the £25,000 (A$40,682) prize.

The judges said it was an ‘extraordinary year for historical fiction’. ‘We were knocked out by the quality and variety of the entries this year, but we have finally arrived at a longlist of astonishing depth and richness,’ they said.

This year, the Walter Scott Prize has released an additional list of 20 books recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy, which includes Australian author Emily Bitto’s The Strays (Affirm).

The Walter Scott Prize Academy is an advisory group comprising ‘people at the centre of literary life in the UK and in Commonwealth countries around the world, whose positions and knowledge give them a unique standpoint to help the Prize find its winners’, and includes former Sydney Writers’ Festival artistic director Jemma Birrell. It was established in December 2016 ‘to broaden the global reach and strengthen the resources of the prize’.


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