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Andrea Levy wins Walter Scott Prize

20th June 2011

The 2011 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction has been won by Andrea Levy for her novel The Long Song.

Levy received the GBP 25,000 prize at the Borders Book Festival, with the judging panel praising the novel's celebration of 'the triumphant human spirit' in times of great adversity.

The Long Song tells the story of a young girl named July who was born in Jamaica during the final years of slavery and Levy said the book is dedicated to the people who struggled to gain freedom during that time.

'Andrea Levy brings to this story such personal understanding and imaginative depth that her characters leap from the page, with all the resilience, humour and complexity of real people,' the judging panel stated.

Last year's Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction was received by Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall, which also won the both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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