HWA Debut Crown for new Historical Fiction


The Historical Writers’ Association announces Debut Crown Award short list


The Historical Writers’ Association (HWA) are delighted to announce the six books that have been shortlisted for the 2015 Debut Crown Award in new historical fiction.


The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson, Wake by Anna Hope, The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson, The Winter Pilgrims by Toby Clements, The Good Italian by Stephen Burke and The Strangler Vine by MJ Carter make up the shortlist.


“It’s a testament to the incredible talent of these authors that we couldn’t narrow the shortlist down to merely five books,” says the HWA chair Manda Scott. “We were captivated by their stories, thrilled by their plots and loved their characters. It is going to be a very hard task to pick a winner.”


The Debut Crown Award will be given to the winning author during the 2015 Harrogate History Festival (, which takes place on 22-25 October. The prize money is £2,000. The shortlist was announced at the HWA’s annual general meeting on 17th June 2015.


“The Debut Crown competition is such a great opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of authors who are writing wonderful new historical fiction,” explains Manda. “It’s even more fitting that we would announce our winner at the Harrogate History Festival, which is such a fantastic celebration of the genre. This year’s event is shaping up to be particularly exciting.”


The HWA Debut Crown Shortlist


The Spring of Kasper Meier (Abacus) - Ben Fergusson

Wake - Anna Hope (Black Swan)

The Devil in the Marshalsea - Antonia Hodgson (Hodder)

The Winter Pilgrims - Toby Clements (Century)

The Good Italian - (Hodder) Stephen Burke

The Strangler Vine - `(Penguin) MJ Carter

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