| By Charlotte Williams
Faber author Sebastian Barry has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel, On Canaan’s Side.
The Irish author was presented with the award by its sponsor the Duke of Buccleuch, at a ceremony on Saturday [16th June] at the Brewin Dophin Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland. The prize rewards novels which must be set 60 years ago or more.
The judging panel, which included festival director and chair Alistair Moffat, said: “There was little more than a whisker between On Canaan’s Side and the other five shortlisted novels, but it was its drive, and its sustained power that persuaded us to award the Walter Scott Prize to Sebastian Barry.
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