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Benjamin Myers and Tan Twan Eng are on the longlist for The Walter Scott Prize

Benjamin Myers’ Cuddy and Tan Twan Eng’s The House of Doors have been longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. With a total value of over £30,000, and now in its fifteenth year, it is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past.

Twan Eng’s The House of Doors is an atmospheric tale of love, betrayal and morality in 1920s Penang, with Willie Somerset Maugham at its centre, exploring the vagaries of his life, his unique creativity, and the personal and political tensions at play in the sultry colony. Published by Bloomsbury, Cuddy is a bold and experimental retelling of the story of St Cuthbert, unofficial patron saint of the North of England — told in four parts, spanning the seventh century to present day.

The Walter Scott Prize shortlist will be announced in May. To see the full longlist, click here.