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James Robertson’s News of the Dead wins the Walter Scott Prize 2022

Scottish writer James Robertson has won the 2022 Walter Scott Prize for News Of The Dead (Penguin), his novel set in a fictional Scottish glen. The £25,000 prize rewards the best fiction set sixty or more years ago.

News Of The Dead was chosen from a shortlist of four including Andrew Greig’s Rose Nicolson (riverrun), Amanda Smyth’s Fortune (Peepal Tree Press), and Colm Tóibín’s The Magician (Penguin).

The prize was announced and presented by the Duke of Buccleuch at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose on 17 June 2022.

The prize’s counterpart for young writers, the Young Walter Scott Prize, was also awarded as part of the Borders Book Festival prize event, and its two young category winners, Leo Wilson and Oliver Dhir, were presented with £500 travel grants and printed anthologies containing their work.

For more information about the prize and the winners, see the Walter Scott Prize website.