Andrew Greig Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2022
The Prize was founded in 2009, and is awarded at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June every year. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1,500.
The Judging panel is chaired by Katie Grant, and comprises Elizabeth Buccleuch, James Holloway, Elizabeth Laird, James Naughtie and Kirsty Wark.
The judges on Greig’s novel:
‘ROSE NICOLSON opens with the fall of Edinburgh Castle to the Reformers and the hanging of Kirkcaldy of Grange at the Mercat Cross. The year is 1573 and the gruesome scene is witnessed by a boy, William Fowler. The novel tracks the subsequent years of the able and ambitious Fowler, the son of a Protestant father and a Catholic mother, as he leaves Edinburgh for study at St Andrews, and his increasing entanglement in the perilous political tides overwhelming Scotland. Fowler soon encounters James VI, George Buchanan and many of the other men on the treacherous political chess board of late sixteenth-century Scotland. But his muse is the enigmatic Rose Nicolson whose friendship is inspiring but potentially lethal.’
Andrew Greig on being shortlisted:
‘I am immensely pleased and encouraged and generally chuffed. It’s somehow particularly apt that a central character of ROSE NICOLSON is the first Lord Scott of Branxholme and Buccleuch, a Border reiver on the rise.’
The winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival on the 17 June 2022.