Kevin Jared Hosein wins Walter Scott Prize 2024

Kevin Jared Hosein wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024

Kevin Jared Hosein’s novel Hungry Ghosts won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024 in Melrose, UK on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award created by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, whose ancestors were closely linked to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, generally considered the originator of historical fiction with the novel Waverley in 1814. Founded in 2010 and worth £25,000, it is open to novels published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland, or the Commonwealth.

The 2024 jury comprises novelist, columnist, and Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund Katie Grant (chair) alongside former Scottish National Portrait Gallery Director James Holloway, award-winning children’s author Elizabeth Laird, broadcaster James Naughtie, broadcaster Kirsty Wark, and award-winning author and film-maker Saira Shah. The longlist was announced on February 22 before the shortlist was announced on Wednesday, May 1.

Matthew Maxwell Scott greets Kevin Jared Hosein his award
Matthew Maxwell Scott greets Kevin Jared Hosein his award

The winner of the award Hungry Ghosts by Kevin Jared Hosein (Bloomsbury) was conferred at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose on Thursday.

Jury chair Katie Grant said: “Richly imaginative, urgent, and compelling, Hungry Ghosts plunges us into the turbulence of precarious lives struggling to flourish amid the vivid natural lushness of 1940s Trinidad. For the 2024 Walter Scott Prize, Kevin Jared Hosein has triumphed with a many-layered tale woven with the dexterity and alchemy of the true story-teller.”

Kevin Jared Hosein said of his win, “Truly a privilege to be shortlisted and to have Trinidad and Tobago be represented on such an impressive stage. Moreover, I feel like I am accomplishing the dreams of my ancestors when they first crossed those dark seas from India almost two centuries ago.’

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