Update: the shortlists have been confirmed and the shortlisted titles are highlighted in bold below.
Update to the update: winners announced on 7th November, winners in red below.
The longlists for the three HWA (Historical Writing Association) Crowns – their annual awards – have been announced. It’s not clear what the shortlisting process or when a shortlist announcement will be but the winners will be announced in November.
What has surprised me is that as I’ve read two of the books which I think it’s more than I’ve read from any of the crime fiction award longlists.
HWA Debut Crown
This award is for the best historical novel by a first-time fiction author first published in the UK in English.
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – review here
Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stankovic (winner)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
The Woolgrower’s Companion by Joy Rhoades
The Parentations by Kate Mayfield
Deposed by David Barbaree
The Optickal Illusion by Rachel Halliburton
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Bitter by Francesca Jakobi
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
The judges include Ayo Onatade who did a Q & A for me on the subject of judging awards.
HWA Sharpe Books Gold Crown
This award is for the best historical novel first published in the UK in English.
To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann, translated by Shaun Whiteside (winner)
Sugar Money by Jane Harris
The Last Hour by Harry Sidebottom
Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase
The Zoo by Christopher Wilson
Pilgrim’s War by Michael Jecks
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
Blood’s Game by Angus Donald
The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements – review here
The Tyrant’s Shadow by Antonia Senior
The Valentine House by Emma Henderson
HWA Non Fiction Crown
This award is for the best non-fiction work published in the UK in English.
Houses of Power: The Places that Shapes the Tudor World by Simon Thurley
White King: Charles I – Traitor, Martyr, Murderer by Leanda de Lisle (winner)
Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister by Nicholas Shakespeare
Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age by Michael Broers
The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us by Keith Lowe
The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition And Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley
Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book: An Englishwoman’s Life During the Civil War by Lucy Moore
Black Tudors: The Untold Story Hardcover by Miranda Kaufmann
The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England by Graham Robb
Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote by Jane Robinson
A History of Rome in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale
Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road by Melanie McGrath
Have you read many from these lists? What would be your tip for the winner(s)?