A Capital Union, Victoria Hendry’s novel that focuses on the Scottish independence movement during World War II, has made it on to the shortlist for the Historical Writers’ Association’s Debut Crown for best first historical novel.
Following the fortunes of young Agnes Thorne, whose new activist husband brings her into contact with the Scottish nationalist movement in wartime Edinburgh, A Capital Union cleverly shines a light on issues of loyalty and independence.
It will compete against She Rises b y Kate Worsley (Bloomsbury), Secrets of the Sea House by Elizabeth Gifford (Atlantic Books), Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchmann (Serpent’s Tail) and Child of Vengeance by David Kirk (Simon and Schuster) for the £2,000 prize.
The judges said, 'Each of these books is exceptional, and to have written it at any time in a writing career is an achievement: to have written it as a first novel, is exceptional.'
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 23rd October, the first day of the Harrogate History Festival.