John Spurling’s The Ten Thousand Things wins Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction

CoverspurlingJohn Spurling’s TheTen Thousand Things, the story of Wang Meng, a minor bureaucrat of imperial China who found solace in his exquisite painting during the dying years of the Yuan dynasty, has won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.  Alistair Moffat, the chairman of the judges said “the illumination shone by John Spurling on this fascinating and little-known period that lit us up for the longest time”

The other finalists were A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie, Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut, The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, Virgin Wine by Hermione Eyre, In The Wolf’s Mouth by Adam Foulds and The Lie by Helen Dunmore.

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