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The Secret City by Hugh WalpoleFiction, 1919
Lord Grey of The Reform Bill, Being the Life of Charles, Second Earl Grey by George Macaulay TrevelyanBiography, 1920
The Lost Girl by D. H. LawrenceFiction, 1920
Memoirs of a Midget by Walter de la MareFiction, 1921
Queen Victoria by Lytton StracheyBiography, 1921
Earlham by Percy LubbockBiography, 1922
Lady Into Fox by David GarnettFiction, 1922
Riceyman Steps by Arnold BennettFiction, 1923
A Passage to India by E. M. ForsterFiction, 1924
The portrait of Zélide by Geoffrey ScottBiography, 1924
The Informer by Liam O'FlahertyFiction, 1925
Adam's Breed by Radclyffe HallFiction, 1926
John Wyclif: A Study of the English Medieval Church 2 Volumes by Herbert B. WorkmanBiography, 1926
James Bryce (Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, O.M.), Volume 1 by H. A. L. FisherBiography, 1927
James Bryce (Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, O.M.), Volume 2 (Viscount Bryce of Dechmont ∙ O.M.) by H. A. L. FisherBiography, 1927
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Siegfried SassoonFiction, 1928
Montrose by John BuchanBiography, 1928
The Good Companions by J. B. PriestleyFiction, 1929
The Stricken Deer: Or the Life of William Cowper by David CecilBiography, 1929
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer by Francis Yeats-BrownBiography, 1930
Miss Mole by E. H. YoungFiction, 1930
The letters of David Hume by David HumeBiography, 1931
Without My Cloak by Kate O'BrienFiction, 1931
Boomerang by Helen SimpsonFiction, 1932
The Life of Mary Kingsley by Stephen GwynnBiography, 1932
The book of Talbot by Violet CliftonBiography, 1933
England, Their England by A. G. MacdonellFiction, 1933
Claudius the God by Robert GravesFiction, 1934
Elizabeth I by J. E. NealeBiography, 1934
I, Claudius by Robert GravesFiction, 1934
The Root and the Flower by L. H. MyersFiction, 1935
Thomas More by R W ChambersBiography, 1935
A flame in sunlight : the life and work of Thomas de Quincey by Hon. Edward Sackville-WestBiography, 1936
South Riding: An English Landscape by Winifred HoltbyFiction, 1936
Highland River by Neil Miller GunnFiction, 1937
John Knox by Lord Eustace PercyBiography, 1937
Flying Colours by C. S. ForesterFiction, 1938
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Biographical Study by E. K. ChambersBiography, 1938
Ship of the Line by C. S. ForesterFiction, 1938
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous HuxleyFiction, 1939
English scholars, 1660-1730 by David Charles DouglasBiography, 1939
Mary Tudor: The Spanish Tudor by H. F. M. PrescottBiography, 1940
The Voyage by Charles MorganFiction, 1940
A House of Children by Joyce CaryFiction, 1941
Henry Ponsonby: Queen Victoria's Private Secretary, His Life from his Letters by Arthur Posonby, Baron PosonbyBiography, 1942
Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-enFiction, Arthur Waley translation, 1942
Tales from Bective Bridge by Mary LavinFiction, 1943
William the Silent by C. V. WedgwoodBiography, 1944
Young Tom; or, Very mixed company by Forrest ReidFiction, 1944
Travellers : thirty-one selected short stories by L. A. G. StrongFiction, 1945
The Duke: A Life of Wellington by Richard AldingtonBiography, 1946
Poor Man's Tapestry by Oliver OnionsFiction, 1946
English naturalists from Neckam to Ray; a study of the making of the modern world by Charles E. RavenBiography, 1947
Eustace and Hilda by L. P. HartleyFiction, 1947
Great Doctor Burney: His Life, His Travels, His Works, His Family, and His Friends by Percy Alfred ScholesBiography, 1948
The Heart of the Matter by Graham GreeneFiction, 1948
The Far Cry by Emma SmithFiction, 1949
W. E. Henley by John ConnellBiography, 1949
Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-SmithBiography, 1950
Through the Valley by Robert HenriquesFiction, 1950
Father Goose by Chapman MortimerFiction, 1951
Leslie Stephen, his thought and character : in relation to his time by Noel Gilroy AnnanBiography, 1951
Men at Arms by Evelyn WaughFiction, 1952
Stanley Baldwin by G. M. YoungBiography, 1952
Sir John Moore by Carola OmanBiography, 1953
Troy Chimneys by Margaret KennedyFiction, 1953
The Masters by C. P. SnowFiction, 1954
The New Men by C. P. SnowFiction, 1954
Warren Hastings by Keith FeilingBiography, 1954
Mother and Son by Ivy Compton-BurnettFiction, 1955
Thomas Gray by R. W. Ketton-CremerBiography, 1955
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose MacaulayFiction, 1956
At Lady Molly's by Anthony PowellFiction, 1957
The History of Fanny Burney by Joyce HemlowBiography, 1958
The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot by Angus WilsonFiction, 1958
The Devil's Advocate by Morris L. WestFiction, 1959
Edward Marsh, patron of the arts: A biography by Christopher HassallBiography, 1959
Imperial Caesar by Rex WarnerFiction, 1960
The Ha-Ha by Jennifer DawsonFiction, 1961
Joseph Ashby of Tysoe, 1859-1919 : a study of English village life by M. K. AshbyBiography, 1961
Act of Destruction by Ronald HardyFiction, 1962
Newman: Light in Winter by Meriol TrevorBiography, 1962
Newman: The Pillar of the Cloud by Meriol TrevorBiography, 1962
John Keble; a study in limitations by Georgina BattiscombeBiography, 1963
A Slanting Light by Gerda CharlesFiction, 1963
The Ice Saints by Frank TuohyFiction, 1964
Queen Victoria by Elizabeth LongfordBiography, 1964
The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel SparkFiction, 1965
Willian Wordsworth the Later Years 1803-1850 by Mary MoormanBiography, 1965
Langrishe, Go Down by Aidan HigginsFiction, 1966
Such by Christine Brooke-RoseFiction, 1966
Charlotte Brontë: the evolution of genius by Winifred GerinBiography, 1967
Jerusalem the Golden by Margaret DrabbleFiction, 1967
The Gasteropod by Maggie RossFiction, 1968
George Eliot [by Gordon S. Haight] by Gordon S. HaightBiography, 1968
Eva Trout: or, Changing scenes by Elizabeth BowenFiction, 1969
Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia FraserBiography, 1969
The bird of paradise by Lily Powell FroissardFiction, 1970
Lord Palmerston by Jasper RidleyBiography, 1970
A Guest of Honour by Nadine GordimerFiction, 1971
Lewis Namier : a biography by Julia NamierBiography, 1971
G. by John BergerFiction, 1972
Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin BellBiography, 1972
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane FoxBiography, 1973
The Black Prince by Iris MurdochFiction, 1973
Monsieur, or The Prince of Darkness by Lawrence DurrellFiction, 1974
Samuel Johnson by John WainBiography, 1974
Cockburn's millennium by Karl MillerBiography, 1975
The Great Victorian Collection by Brian MooreFiction, 1975
Doctor Copernicus by John BanvilleFiction, 1976
A life of Anton Chekhov by Ronald HingleyBiography, 1976
Chateaubriand, A Biography: Volume I (1768-93) The Longed-for Tempests by George D. PainterBiography, 1977
The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le CarréFiction, 1977
The Older Hardy by Robert GittingsBiography, 1978
Plumb by Maurice GeeFiction, 1978
Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography by Brian FinneyBiography, 1979
Darkness Visible by William GoldingFiction, 1979
Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart by Robert Bernard MartinBiography, 1980
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. CoetzeeFiction, 1980
Edith Sitwell: A Unicorn Among the Lions by Victoria GlendinningBiography, 1981
Midnight's Children by Salman RushdieFiction, 1981
The Mosquito Coast by Paul TherouxFiction, 1981
James Joyce by Richard EllmannBiography, 1982
On the Black Hill by Bruce ChatwinFiction, 1982
Allegro Postillions by Jonathan KeatesFiction, 1983
Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847 by Alan WalkerBiography, 1983
Empire of the Sun by J.G. BallardFiction, 1984
Nights at the Circus by Angela CarterFiction, 1984
Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life by Lyndall GordonBiography, 1984
Jonathan Swift, a Hypocrite Reversed: A Critical Biography (Oxford Paperbacks) by David NokesBiography, 1985
Winter Garden by Robert EdricFiction, 1985
Helen Waddell by Felicitas CorriganBiography, 1986
Persephone by Jenny JosephFiction, 1986
The Golden Bird: Two Orkney Stories by George Mackay BrownFiction, 1987
Victor Gollancz: A Biography by Ruth Dudley EdwardsBiography, 1987
A Season in the West by Piers Paul ReadFiction, 1988
Young Ludwig: Wittgenstein's Life, 1889-1921 by Brian McGuinnessBiography, 1988
A Disaffection by James KelmanFiction, 1989
Federico García Lorca: A Life by Ian GibsonBiography, 1989
Brazzaville Beach by William BoydFiction, 1990
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire TomalinBiography, 1990
Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian DesmondBiography, 1991
Downriver by Iain SinclairFiction, 1991
The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe by Charles NichollBiography, 1992
Sacred Country by Rose TremainFiction, 1992
Crossing the River by Caryl PhillipsFiction, 1993
Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage by Richard HolmesBiography, 1993
The Folding Star by Alan HollinghurstFiction, 1994
Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 by Doris LessingBiography, 1994
Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta SerenyBiography, 1995
The Prestige by Christopher PriestFiction, 1995
Justine by Alice ThompsonFiction, 1996
Last Orders by Graham SwiftFiction, 1996
Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCullochBiography, 1996
Ingenious Pain by Andrew MillerFiction, 1997
W. B. Yeats : A Life Volume I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 by R. F. FosterBiography, 1997
The Life of Thomas More by Peter AckroydBiography, 1998
Master Georgie by Beryl BainbridgeFiction, 1998
George Eliot: The Last Victorian by Kathryn HughesBiography, 1999
Renegade or Halo 2 by Timothy MoFiction, 1999
Experience by Martin AmisBiography, 2000
White Teeth by Zadie SmithFiction, 2000
John Maynard Keynes, Vol. 3: Fighting for Freedom, 1937-1946 by Robert SkidelskyBiography, 2001
Something Like a House by Sid SmithFiction, 2001
The Corrections by Jonathan FranzenFiction, 2002
The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future by Jenny UglowBiography, 2002
Charles Darwin: The Power of Place by Janet BrowneBiography, 2003
Personality by Andrew O'HaganFiction, 2003
GB84 by David PeaceFiction, 2004
John Clare by Jonathan BateBiography, 2004
Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream by Sue PrideauxBiography, 2005
Saturday by Ian McEwanFiction, 2005
The Man Who Went into the West: The Life of R.S.Thomas by Byron RogersBiography, 2006
The Road by Cormac McCarthyFiction, 2006
God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary HillBiography, 2007
Our Horses in Egypt by Rosalind BelbenFiction, 2007
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian BarryFiction, 2008
A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families by Michael HolroydBiography, 2008
The Children's Book by A. S. ByattFiction, 2009
William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies: A Life by John CareyBiography, 2009
Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China by Hilary SpurlingBiography, 2010
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana SoliFiction, 2010
The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination by Fiona MacCarthyBiography, 2011
You & Me: A Novel by Padgett PowellFiction, 2011
The Deadman's Pedal by Alan WarnerFiction, 2012
The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew: Modern Pots, Colonialism, and the Counterculture (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) by Tanya HarrodBiography, 2012
Harvest by Jim CraceFiction, 2013
Penelope Fitzgerald: a life by Hermione LeeBiography, 2013
In the light of what we know by Zia Haider RahmanFiction, 2014
The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Family by Richard BensonBiography, 2014
1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear by James ShapiroBiography, 2015
You Don't Have to Live Like This: A Novel by Benjamin MarkovitsFiction, 2015
The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura CummingBiography, 2016
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBrideFiction, 2017

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Established in 1919, The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are Britain's oldest literary awards.

The prizes are awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh for the best work of fiction and the best biography published in the previous year.

They are the only awards of their kind to be presented by a university and have acquired an international reputation for recognising excellence in biography and fiction that continues today.
The prizes were founded by Mrs Janet Coutts Black in memory of her late husband, James Tait Black, a partner in the publishing house of A & C Black Ltd. The winners are chosen by the Professor of English Literature at the University, who is assisted by PhD students in the shortlisting phase, a structure which is seen to lend the prizes a considerable gravitas.

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