Indies on shortlist for first HWA Goldsboro Prize for debut historical fiction

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19 July 2012
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imports_WRI_0-shbjobzr-100000_73093.png Indies on shortlist for first HWA Goldsboro Prize for debut historical fiction
The shortlist is split evenly between indie and mainstream on the new award for first-time historical novelists, worth £2,000 ...

The shortlist is split evenly between indie and mainstream on the new award for first-time historical novelists, worth £2,000

The books are: Partitions, Amit Majmudar (Oneworld); The Emperor's Gold, Robert Wilton (Corvis); Mistress of My Fate, Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday), and The Transformation of Batholomew Fortuno, Ellen Bryson (Picador).

Mand Scott, the HWA chair, said: 'These four stood out as being exceptional – any author would have been proud to write any of them at any point in his or her career, but to have written them as a first novel is exceptional.  Picking a winner will be immensely difficult, but before we do, I want to encourage everyone to read all of these: they hail from widely differing eras  and locations and are written in utterly different styles, but each one is magnificent.'

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The winner will be announced at History in the Court on 20 September.

Website: www.thehwa.co.uk