The Gustav Sonata (Chatto & Windus) by UEA alumna Rose Tremain has been longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Rose (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967 and later returned to the university to teach on the Creative Writing MA and, more recently, to become the University’s first female Chancellor. Among her many other acclaimed novels are Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007. The shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize, which is worth £25,000 to the winner, will be announced in March and the winner revealed at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose in June 2017. In addition to the longlist, the Walter Scott Prize Academy has announced a list of twenty recommended novels, which includes two titles by UEA graduates: At the Edge of the Orchard (Borough Press) by Tracy Chevalier (MA 1994) and Let Me Tell you About a Man I Knew (Virago) by Susan Fletcher (MA 2002).