Three for Penguin Random House on the James Tait Black Prize Shortlists - the UK's oldest literary awards


The James Tait Black Prizes award two annual prizes for books published during the previous year – one for the best work of fiction and the other for the best biography. The winners of the Prizes, presented by the University of Edinburgh, will be announced on August 14th at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  

We're thrilled to announce that Jo Baker's A Country Road, A Tree (Doubleday) picks up her second prize shortlisting of the day for James Tait Black Prize for Best Work of Fiction - she was also earlier shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Ficion. 

Penguin Random House also publish two contenders for the £10,000 biography prize including: The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming (Chatto and Windus); and A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby by Joe Moshenska (William Heinemann).

The two awards, each of £10,000, are the only prizes of their kind to be presented by a university and they have acquired an international reputation for recognising excellence in biography and fiction. The prizes are Britain's oldest literary awards. Founded in 1919 by Janet Coats, the widow of publisher James Tait Black, the prizes commemorate her husband's love of good books. More than 400 books were read by academics and postgraduate students for the University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, who nominated books for the shortlist.

More than 400 books were read by academics and postgraduate students for the University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, who nominated books for the shortlist.

To find out more about the prize see here.

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