Life After Life has been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Kate's bestselling novel was selected alongside The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Harvest by Jim Crace, Fair Helen by Andrew Greig, An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris and The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, in what judges described as "the toughest choice, from the strongest longlist, in the prize's five year history".
The Walter Scott Prize, founded in 2009 by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, is the largest annual fiction prize to be judged outside London.
The shortlisted books are:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Harvest by Jim Crace
Fair Helen by Andrew Greig
An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
The winner will be announced on 13 June at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival.
News source: BBC website
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