The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize – Shortlist Party 2015

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This was the second year that we have sponsored the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, which showcases new talent in the field of biography writing.

We were delighted to welcome four of the five shortlisted authors (plus editor Jamie Byng doing his best Alan Cumming impression) to The Slightly Foxed Bookshop last month. Our little shop was fit to bursting with the literati, with Biography Club members, agents, publishers and friends there to toast the prize and listen to the authors read from their books. The shortlist includes books about extraordinary women from the Victorian age, a little-known member of the Bloomsbury group, a Jamaican slave who became a protégé of Samuel Johnson and an actor’s moving account of his relationship with his father. All are written with passion and insight, and it was a pleasure to hear passages read aloud from these works.

The winner will be announced on 4 November, and we’re so looking forward to finding out who will be presented with the prize. Here are some photos from the bookshop party.


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  1. David Gerber says:

    May authors submit the books directly, or must a publisher make the submission?

    • Slightly Foxed says:

      Hello David. Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, entry for this year’s prize has now closed, but only books submitted by a publisher were accepted for consideration. For more information on the prize, please visit the Biographers’ Club website. I do hope this helps. Best wishes, Olivia.

  2. Terese Svoboda says:

    Is the Prize open to books published in the U.S.?

  3. David Croydon says:

    1. Who won?
    2. Will there be another in 2016 and how do you enter?

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