The Historical Writers’ Association (HWA) is delighted to announce the shortlisted books for the 2018 Gold, Non-Fiction and Debut HWA Crown Awards.
Each shortlist category contains six outstanding books, ranging across centuries and continents and proving, once again, the richness, variety and vigour of historical writing currently being published in the UK.
From all of us at the HWA, congratulations to the shortlisted authors.
HWA Sharpe Books Gold Crown for best historical novel:
Angus Donald, Blood’s Game
Jane Harris, Sugar Money
Emma Henderson, The Valentine House
Ralph Rothmann, To Die in Spring
Harry Sidebottom, The Last Hour
Christopher Wilson, The Zoo
HWA Non-Fiction Crown for best work of historical non-fiction:
Leanda de Lisle, White King: Charles I – Traitor, Martyr, Murderer
Keith Lowe, The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us
Melanie McGrath, Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road
Matthew Kneale, A History of Rome in Seven Sackings
Graham Robb, The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England
Nicholas Shakespeare, Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
HWA Debut Crown for best debut historical novel:
Rachel Halliburton, The Optickal Illusion
Sally Magnusson, The Sealwoman’s Gift
Jean E. Pendziwol, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters
Joy Rhoades, The Woolgrower’s Companion
Stuart Turton, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Dejan Tiago-Stankovic, Estoril
The winners in all three categories will be presented with their awards at an event in London on Wednesday, 7 November.
Find out more about these books and their authors in our HWA Crowns longlist announcement.