Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2020

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The Biographers’ Club is now accepting submissions for The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2020.

The prize of £2,500 will be awarded to the best book by a first-time biographer at a party in March 2021.

This year’s judges are Rupert Christiansen, Selina Hastings and Alexander Masters.

– Rupert Christiansen has been the Daily Telegraph’s opera critic since 1996, and also writes on the arts in a fortnightly diary. He is the author of twelve books, including Romantic Affinities, Paris Babylon, a biography of Arthur Hugh Clough and The Complete Book of Aunts.

– Selina Hastings is the biographer of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, Rosamond Lehmann and Somerset Maugham, among others. Her forthcoming life of Sybille Bedford is due out in the autumn.

– Alexander Masters is author of the game-changing Stuart, A Life Backwards, The Genius in My Basement and A Life Discarded. He was recipient of the Biographers’ Club Exceptional Contribution to Biography Award  2019.

Biographies published between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020 are eligible.

Winners of the prize for the last four years were:

  • 2019 Jonathan Phillips for The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin
  • 2018 Bart van Es for The Cut Out Girl
  • 2017 Edmund Gordon for The Invention of Angela Carter
  • 2016 Hisham Matar for The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

For more information on the prize and how to enter, please follow this link to the Biographers’ Club website: The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize

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