The Englishman - Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award Longlist

The Englishman - Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award Longlist

​THE ENGLISHMAN has been longlisted for the Best Published Novel award as part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize for 2021. Selected by a panel of librarians and library staff, the prize seeks to celebrate the best adventure fiction that both honours the tradition of adventure writing and at the same time tries something new. The shortlist will be announced on 20th May, and the winner of the £10,000 award will be announced on 8th September.

David Gilman’s historical novel THE LAST HORSEMAN was also shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize’s Best Published Novel Award in 2017.

THE ENGLISHMAN was first published in July 2020 by Head of Zeus, and has been described as a high-octane international thriller. It was also named a Financial Times Thriller of the Year 2020, and a Love Reading Book of the Year 2020. THE ENGLISHMAN has been optioned for development as a feature film by AGC Studios, comparable to the Jason Bourne franchise. Scriptwriter Kurt Johnstad is set to adapt the adventure-thriller script.

‘Raglan is nicely complex: an action man with inner depths … THE ENGLISHMAN is a cracking, finely crafted thriller. I’m looking forward to Raglan’s next outing.’ – Adam LeBor, Financial Times

‘Verve, pace, shocks and intrigue, this is spy thriller writing by an author at the zenith of his powers.’ – Peter James

‘THE ENGLISHMAN is electrifying proof that high-tension international thrillers are back – and with an absolute vengeance.’ – William Shaw

‘David Gilman, who was once a paratrooper, writes convincingly about military and intelligence methods and mind-sets … The last third of THE ENGLISHMAN which Raglan infiltrates a penal colony in the Urals is a sweat-inducing tour de force.’ – Jeremy Duns, Thrillers of the Month, The Times

'A tightly plotted, very well told tale of clandestine campaigns, violent revenge and murky dealings at all levels' – Sci-Fi Bulletin


The Englishman - Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award Longlist