Monday, 19 June 2017

Sebastian Barry's 'glorious and unusual' novel wins Walter Scott prize

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Danuta Kean

Days Without End takes £25,000 honour, the second time the author has won the award for historical fiction

Sebastian Barry has become the first double winner of the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction – just seven years after the honour was first presented. Barry's "glorious and unusual" Days Without End beat a strong shortlist to take the prestigious £25,000 award. He previously won the award in 2012 with his novel On Canaan's Side.

The Walter Scott prize judges included journalists James Naughtie and Kate Figes, writers Katharine Grant and Elizabeth Laird. They were joined by prize co-founder Elizabeth Buccleuch, James Holloway of the Abbotsford Trust – which manages Scott's grand home in the Scottish Borders – and historian Alistair Moffat. Moffat, who served as chair, sai d: "Days Without End took the lead, for the glorious and unusual story; the seamlessly interwoven period research; and above all for the unfaltering power and authenticity of the narrative voice, a voice no reader is likely to forget."

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