Revenger wins Ellis Peters Historical Award
5th November 2010
Rory Clements has received the 2010 Ellis Peters Historical Award for his Elizabethan thriller Revenger.
Clements was presented with his GBP 3,000 prize by the Crime Writers' Association at a ceremony held at Little, Brown Book Group's headquarters in London.
The prize was founded in honour of Ellis Peters, the creator of Brother Cadfael, and seeks to recognise the best historical crime novel. The winning novel is set in 1592 and follows a spy investigating a plot against Queen Elizabeth I.
'Revenger is an exuberant piece of writing, which is beautifully constructed and shows authoritative knowledge of the period,' the judging panel commented.
Heartstone by C.J. Sansom, which is set during Henry VIII's attempted invasion of France in 1545, was named as the runner-up in the prize, while Heresy by S.J. Parris, Andrew Williams' To Kill A Tsar and The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor featured on the shortlist.
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley, Malla Nunn's Let the Dead Lie, A Razor Wrapped in Silk by R.N. Morris and Ariana Franklin's Assassin's Prayer completed the finalists.
Last year, the Ellis Peters Historical Award was won by Philip Kerr for If The Dead Rise Not.