Simon Mawer’s “Tightrope” Wins Walter Scott Prize

Scott LogoSimon Mawer has won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel, Tightrope. The award, named for Sir Walter Scott and given annually, honors novels first published in the UK and Ireland with a ceremony presided over by a duke and a prize of £25,000.

TightropeThe judges called the book an impeccably researched spy story in the grand tradition. In our starred review, Booklist praised the novel for presenting a classic Cold War situation that amounts to much more than espionage-driven suspense. You can read our full review of Tightrope here. While you’re at it, you might want to check out our starred review of Mawer’s Trapeze (2012), Tightrope’s predecessor, which we called “a compelling historical thriller of the highest order.”





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