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The Solitary Woman of Shakespeare by James Terry longlisted for the HWA Debut Crown 2017

The longlist for this year’s HWA Debut Crown has been released, featuring twelve titles. We are delighted that the list includes The Solitary Woman of Shakespeare by James Terry, published by Sandstone Press. The judges have described The Solitary Woman of Shakespeare as a ‘very funny but also subtle story of one woman’s determination to shape her life.’

Terry was raised in southern New Mexico, and now resides in Liverpool, England, with his wife and son. He has written a number of short stories, several of which have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the O.Henry Prize. The Solitary Woman of Shakespeare is his first novel.

The award recognises the best historical novel by a debut fiction author, first published in English in the UK between the 1st of January 2016 and the 31st of March 2017. The shortlist will be released on the 13th of July, with the winner, who will receive a £1,000 prize, to be announced at the end of October.

Emma Darwin, HWA Debut Crown chair praises the titles on the longlist, stating that ‘Historical fiction presents some of the biggest challenges a writer can choose to grapple with, so it’s been a delight to discover so many new writers doing just that. This exciting longlist is full of new voices, new places, and new takes on famous events and classic themes.’

Further details can be found on the HWA Crowns website: and progress can be followed on Twitter @HistoriaHWA.

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James Terry

James Terry