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Tatjani Soli wins James Tait Black fiction prize

22nd August 2011

Debut author Tatjani Soli has triumphed in the fiction category of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her debut novel The Lotus Eaters.

The prize is the oldest literary award in Britain and is presented each year after being judged by the Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh University, assisted by PhD students.

The award is split into two categories – fiction and biography – with Soli following in the footsteps of last year's fiction winner, A. S. Byatt.

Hilary Spurling won this year's biography award for Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, with both writers picking up a GBP 10,000 prize.

Spurling's victory follows John Carey's triumph last year for William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies.

Dr James Loxley, manager of the awards, paid tribute to the quality of this year's entrants, particularly the two winners.

'The James Tait Black Awards represent the very best in fiction and biographies and this year we have an excellent mix of respected writers and emerging talent,' he added.

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