The Walter Scott Historical Fiction Shortlist has been announced and congratulations to all those nominated. The six novels cover imperial Japan, Tudor England, Tsarist Russia, and 19th Century Jamaica as well as turn-of-the-century Ireland and inter-war London.
The shortlist for the 2011 award is:
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
C by Tom McCarthy
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor
Heartstone by C J Sansom
To Kill A Tsar by Andrew Williams
Congratulations also go to David Shelley at Little Brown who has been promoted from Deputy Publisher to Publisher of the group.
2011 is certainly the year of Michael Connelly and Orion aim to ensure that his presence is strongly promoted here in the UK. According to the Bookseller , Orion are planning a number of events for the author whilst he is in the UK in October.
Little Brown imprint Atom have according to the Bookseller acquired a mystery series by debut author Christi Daugherty described as "The Secret History for the YA audience” in a major two-book deal. The first book in the series Night School will be published in 2012.
According to Hollywood.com John Travolta is due to play John Gotti Sr in the biopic of his life which will focus on Gotti senior’s relationship with his son.