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HWA Longlist announced!

  • Submitted: 12th August 2020

Historical fiction treats

I’m very proud to be a judge on the HWA Debut Crown Awards panel. We get some VERY good novels to read and it’s a true pleasure to discover ones that might have slipped me by, if not for this award.

Well what have we been reading these past few months? There are some real gems out there and I URGE you to take a look for yourselves. There are some find treats in store for historical fiction fans:

HWA Longlist announced!


The Lost Ones

“A gothic gem of intrigue and atmosphere.”

This Lovely City

“Topical and insightful. Wonderfully written.”

A Book of Secrets

“Thought-provoking story with a very unique narrator”

HWA Longlist announced!

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

“Fascinating story of family secrets with a deep sense of place”

How We Disappeared

“Compelling tale of life-changing secrets. Unflinching and raw”

The Animals at Lockwood Manor

“Evocative, with a chilling sense of place!”

HWA Longlist announced!

The Doll Factory

“What a chilling setting. A wonderful exploration of society, creativity and the art world of that time”

You Will Be Safe Here

“Evokes a painful time of history but gives the people who lived it a voice”

Swimming in the Dark

“Extraordinary look at LGBTQ rights and very timely!”

HWA Longlist announced!

American Spy

“ A gripping tale and an unusual take on the spy genre told from an intriguing perspective”.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

“Such a unique voice and a very well-written and fascinating story.”

The Book of Echoes

“Thought provoking look across the generations with evoking periods of history”

HWA Longlist announced!


There you go! Take a lovely long look at these brilliant books. They are all amazing in their own way. How we’re going to get a shortlist from this lot, I do not know. BUT that’s for another day….



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