The BBC News for South Scotland has released the Walter Scott historical fiction shortlist
The Walter Scott Prize, named to commemorate the great Scottish writer, is uniquely awarded for historical fiction -- a genre, as the list illustrates, that covers a huge canvas.
The nominees are:
The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
Tale of Jamaica's slave rebellion of 1832, penned by an Orange Prize winner and a finalist for the 2010 Booker.
C, by Tom McCarthy
An experimental novel set in early 19th century England, featuring lots of "C" words and eccentric gizmos. Also a very odd jacket.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
A tiny Dutch outpost in early 19th century Japan is the setting. Rave reviews and selling extremely well.
To Kill a Tsar by Andrew Williams
Guess where this historical thriller is set. Readers found it so unbelievable that they had to look up books to realize that the events really did happen.
The winner of the Walter Scott Prize, worth 25,000 pounds, will be announced on 18 June as part of the Borders Book Festival.