The Gustav Sonata (Chatto & Windus) by UEA alumna Rose Tremain has been shortlisted 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 winner of the Walter Scott Prize, which is worth £25,000, will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose in June 2017.