March 1, 2018

Tim Pears longlisted for Walter Scott Prize

We are delighted that Tim Pears’ novel The Horseman has been longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. One of the most prestigious literary prizes available, the Walter Scott celebrates writing of exceptional quality where the majority of the story is set at least 60 years ago. Tim’s novel The Horseman is a ‘magically immediate’ story set in 1911 Devon. It introduces Leo, a quiet, watchful boy with a masterful way with horses, and Charlotte, the Master’s daughter, who on horseback in britches can pass for a boy, and whom he befriends.

The Horseman is the first in the West Country trilogy, published by Bloomsbury. The second instalment, The Wanderers, was published January 2018. The shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize will be announced in April.


‘To speak bluntly, The Horseman is a magnificent novel.  In spare yet elegant precise prose Tim Pears offers entrance into a place and characters otherwise lost to time. This evocation appears effortless, yet all of the characters are imbued with humanity and grace, in lives that otherwise might appear brutal and horrific to modern eyes. Leo Sercombe is one of the most engaging creations to come along in fiction in a long time and I eagerly look forward to following his life in future tellings. Tim Pears is a novelist of the first rank and I can’t recommend The Horseman more highly.’

Jeffrey Lent


‘The end of the book [is] so gripping that devouring volume two the second it comes out is a foregone conclusion. Apart from the pacey finale, The Horseman is a slow, but satisfying burn… It is rare for a novel to be genuinely educational, but this is a work of fiction that could actually keep you alive after the zombie apocalypse. The Horseman is his best work in many years. As a testament to a forgotten generation of countrymen it is unsurpassed and it goes very nicely indeed with a dark night, rain on the windowpane and a cosy armchair.’