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The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes

The James Tait Black Memorial PrizeThe James Tait Black Prizes are Britain's oldest literary award, first presented in 1919. There are two awards, given respectively to works of Fiction and Biography written in English and published in the previous calendar year. Each is worth £10,000 to the winner. The awards were set up by the widow of James Tait Black, one of the founders of the publisher, A & C Black.

The winner is selected by the Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh University, assisted by PhD students. The absence of critics or any other 'celebrity' judges, along with the prizes' considerable heritage, make them among the most respected awards in publishing. Authors may only win each award once; no author has yet managed to win in both categories.

The winners for 2016 were The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (fiction) and The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming (biography).

The 2018 shortlists were announced on 29th March and the winners will be announced at an event in August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Visit the official James Tait Black Prizes website 

 

 

2018 Fiction Shortlist

American War
(Paperback)
Omar El Akkad
 
A second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle - an audacious and powerful debut novel for fans of Station Eleven.
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White Tears
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Hari Kunzru
 
'A stunning, audacious new thriller... It will shock you, horrify you, unsettle you, and that's exactly the point. As brave as it is brutal, it lets nothing and nobody...
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First Love
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Gwendoline Riley
 
'A singular, devastating journey into the ungovernable reaches of the heart' Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017 Neve is a writer...
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Attrib. and other stories
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Eley Williams
 
With affectionate, irreverent and playful prose, the inability to communicate exactly what we mean dominates this bold new collection from one of Britain's unique and most original new writers.
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2018 Biography Shortlist

The Day That Went Missing
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Richard Beard
 
WINNER OF THE PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE 2018SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2018SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2018My younger brother's name is Nicholas Beard. Suddenly and inexplicably Nicholas...
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Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of ...
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Craig Brown
WINNER OF THE SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS LITERATURE AWARD 2018 A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR * A TIMES BOOK OF...
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Ali: A Life
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Jonathan Eig
The first truly definitive biography of Muhammad Ali, the most iconic and significant sporting figure of the twentieth century
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The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a...
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Maya Jasanoff
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY PRIZE `Enlightening...
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Fiction winners since 1980

2016 The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

2015 You Don’t Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovits

2014  In The Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman

2013 Harvest by Jim Crace

2012 The Dead Man's Pedal by Alan Warner

2011 You and I by Padgett Powell

2010 The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

2009 The Children’s Book by A S Byatt

2008 The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

2007 Our Horses in Egypt by Rosalind Belben

2006 The Road by Cormac McCarthy

2005 Saturday by Ian McEwan

2004 GB84 by David Peace

2003 Personality by Andrew O’Hagan

2002 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

2001 Something Like a House by Sid Smith

2000 White Teeth by Zadie Smith

1999 Renegade or Halo 2 by Timothy Mo

1998 Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge

1997 Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

1996 Last Orders by Graham Swift AND Justine by Alice Thompson (currently out of print)

1995 The Prestige by Christopher Priest

1994 The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst

1993 Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips

1992 Sacred Country by Rose Tremain

1991 Downriver by Iain Sinclair

1990 Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

1989 A Disaffection by James Kelman

1988 A Season in the West by Piers Paul Read (currently out of print)

1987 The Golden Bird: Two Orkney Stories by George Mackay Brown

1986 Persephone by Jenny Joseph (currently out of print)

1985 Winter Garden by Robert Edric (currently out of print)

1984 Empire of the Sun by J G Ballard AND Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

1983 Allegro Postillions by Jonathan Keates (currently out of print)

1982 On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

1981 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie AND The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux

1980 Waiting for the Barbarians by J M Coetzee

 

Biography winners since 2000

2016 The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming

2015 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro

2014 The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Family by Richard Benson

2013 Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee

2012 The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew: Modern Pots, Colonialism, and Counterculture by Tanya Harrod

2011 The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination by Fiona MacCarthy

2010 Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling

2009 William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies by John Carey

2008 A Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd

2007 God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill

2006 The Man Who Went into the West: The Life of R S Thomas by Byron Rogers

2005 Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream by Sue Prideaux

2004 John Clare: A Biography by Jonathan Bate

2003 Charles Darwin, Vol. 2: The Power of Place by Janet Browne

2002 The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future 1730-1810 by Jenny Uglow

2001 John Maynard Keynes, Vol.3: Fighting for Britain 1937-1946 by Robert Skidelsky (currently out of print)

2000 Experience by Martin Amis

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