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Winston Graham Award Winner 2020!

The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn (Orion) has won the 2020 Winston Graham Historical Novel Prize.

Open to any published historical novel based in the West Country, the £3,000 prize was established with a legacy from Poldark author Winston Graham and is administered by the Royal Institution of Cornwall (RIC).

Nunn’s book is set in the dangerous world of Victorian plant-hunters and centres around a long-buried secret that could have deadly consequences.

Judges, chaired by author and RIC trustee Philip Marsden, praised the book for its “fine pacing, memorable characters and fascinating historical detail”.

Marsden said: “Cornwall has a rich tradition of historical fiction, weaving narratives around adventurous pursuits such as fishing, smuggling and mining. Kayte Nunn has successfully used another of these – plant-hunting – for The Botanist’s Daughter. Many congratulations to her.”

Also shortlisted were To Untie a Sealed Knot by S J Haxton (Boswell Book Publishing) and The Promise by Ruth Saberton (Millington).

The last prize, awarded in 2018, was given to Ian Mortimer for The Outcasts of Time (Simon & Schuster).

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