Jennifer Egan and Jane Harris are among the thirteen historical novelists on the longlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Entries are up 40% from last year, with 134 submissions for the prize this year compared to 96 in 2017.
Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach (Scribner, 2017) is set in Brooklyn during the Great Depression and follows female diver Anna Kerrigan's quest to find out the truth about her missing father.
Jane Harris' Sugar Money (Faber, 2017) is set in Martinique in the late eighteenth century, and brothers Emile and Lucien are tasked with returning to their one-time home of Grenada to smuggle home 42 slaves.
The inaugural Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction was awarded in 2010, honouring the first published historical novelist. The panel will choose a shortlist in April and a winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Scotland on 15th June this year.