The Last Painting of Sara de Vos longlisted for Walter Scott Prize

24th February 2017

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith has been longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

The novel, published by Allen & Unwin, is an utterly gripping story set between 17th century Holland, 1950s Manhattan and modern day Sydney, and follows a trail of art, forgery and deception.

The Walter Scott Prize judges called it “an extraordinary year” for the genre. The panel, comprising seven judges, Alistair Moffat, Elizabeth Buccleuch, Elizabeth Laird, Kate Figes, Katharine Grant, James Holloway and James Naughtie, said:

“We were knocked out by the quality and variety of the entries this year, but we have finally arrived at a longlist of astonishing depth and richness.  We look forward to the challenging task of narrowing such a great longlist down to a shortlist.”

The judging panel will announce a shortlist in April, and the winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, on 16th June. The winner will receive £25,000 and shortlisted authors will each receive £1,000.

In addition to the shortlist, the prize also published a further list of 20 books recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy to help broaden the reach of the prize.

This list includes Resolution by A.N. Wilson, published by Atlantic Books. This  breathtakingly vivid novel recalls the three voyages Captain Cook made to the southern hemisphere, culminating in the last, fateful expedition on which he was brutally murdered.

The paperback of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is published in May 2017.