Mrs Engels, the debut novel by UEA alumnus Gavin McCrea, has been longlisted for the 2016 Historical Writers Association Goldsboro Debut Crown, which is for debut historical fiction. Gavin (pictured) completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009 and gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2013. Mrs Engels was published by Scribe in 2015 and was nominated for last year’s Guardian First Book Award. It was also recently shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize. The shortlist for the HWA Goldsboro will be announced on 30th June and the winner will be presented with a £1,000 prize at the Harrogate History Festival on 21st October.