I love prizes like this: short lists provide me with excellent reading choices. I’ve read Wolf Hall already, of course–and, yes, it’s good, very very good, go buy it–and the first book in Harris’s series, but I haven’t encountered Mawr or Foulds, so I’ll be downloading sample chapters.

I’m also enjoying watching historical fiction’s long, slow climb back to respectability. Hopefully that journey will be complete by the time Hild is ready for the world.

So, despite the rain (oh, yes, still), my Midsummer is beginning well. How’s yours?