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Slightly Foxed Best First Biography 2017 Awards Ceremony
Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize Awards Ceremony Library London
Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize Awards Ceremony Library London
  • Date: 1 March 2018
  • Time: 6.30-8p.m.
  • Location: LIBRARY London, St Martin’s Lane

Slightly Foxed Best First Biography 2017 Awards Ceremony


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Readers were invited to join Slightly Foxed and the Biographers’ Club for a drinks reception to celebrate the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2017. Please click here for updates on the prize.

112 St. Martin’s Lane
London, WC2N 4BD

Tuesday 6 March, 6.30–8 p.m.


  • Edmund Gordon, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography (Chatto & Windus)
  • Edmund Gordon was born in 1982. He studied philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and modern literature at University College London, and since 2011 has taught creative writing at King’s College London. A regular contributor to the TLS and the London Review of Books, he has also written for a variety of national newspapers, including the Guardian, Observer and Sunday Times.


  • Caroline Moorehead has written biographies of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn, and is currently at work on a quartet about resistance in France and Italy during the Second World War.
  • Ian Kelly is an actor, and author of lives of Beau Brummell, Casanova and Samuel Foote: his prize-winning Mr Foote’s Other Leg: Comedy, Tragedy and Murder in Georgian England was adapted for the stage with great success.
  • Sam Leith is Literary Editor of The Spectator.


  • Thomas Dilworth, David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet (Jonathan Cape)
    This comprehensive life of the great Modernist poet-artist David Jones is the fruit of a lifetime’s research and understanding, and brings new light to shine on Jones’s rare originality and genius.
  • Edmund Gordon, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography (Chatto & Windus)
    In this finely judged and elegantly written biography, Gordon teases out the truth behind Angela Carter’s fictions about her own life, while recounting the brilliant and volatile career of this born writer, critic and fabulist.
  • Adam Kay, This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Picador)
    A best-selling, no-holds-barred account of life at the coalface of the NHS by a comedian and former doctor, hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns.
  • Gareth Russell, Young & Damned & Fair: The Life & Tragedy of Catherine Howard (William Collins)
    A stunning reappraisal of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, as scholarly as it is readable, that uses extensive research into her household to bring her chequered story vividly to life.
  • Helen Smith, The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett (Jonathan Cape)
    An exemplary life of the writer and editor with a gift for spotting genius, champion of Conrad, Galsworthy, D.H. and T.E. Lawrence and Somerset Maugham, literary godfather to the Edwardian age.
  • James Stourton, Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation (William Collins)
    As a new version of Civilisation comes to our screens, the complex figure of Kenneth Clark, aesthete, broadcaster, writer and cultural panjandrum, is dissected in this perceptive and entertaining biography.


LIBRARY is a beautifully designed private members club for bookworms, right in the heart of London’s theatre land on St Martin’s Lane. Slightly Foxed subscribers can enjoy a 50% discount on annual membership. www.lib-rary.com

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