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Innocents: Variations on a Theme by A. L. Barker1947
A Journey to the Interior by P. H. Newby1948
Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica (Poetry) by Hamish Henderson1949
Tomato Cain and other stories by Nigel Kneale1950
Scamp by Roland Camberton1951
The dividing stream by Francis King1952
Hear and forgive by Emyr Humphreys1953
Five by Doris Lessing1954
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis1955
A Way of Looking; Poems by Elizabeth Jennings1956
In the Castle of my Skin by George Lamming1957
Preliminary essays by John Wain1958
The Sense of Movement by Thom Gunn1959
The Hawk in the Rain by Ted Hughes1960
Miguel Street by V. S. Naipaul1961
The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas1962
Flight into Camden by David Storey1963
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré1964
Time of Arrival, and Other Essays by Dan Jacobson1964
Negatives by Peter Everett1965
The Tin Men by Michael Frayn1966
The White Father by Julian Mitchell1966
The Emancipation of the American Woman by Andrew Sinclair1967
Trawl by B. S. Johnson1967
At the Jerusalem by Paul Bailey1968
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney1968
Several Perceptions by Angela Carter1969
Monk Dawson by Piers Paul Read1970
A Sweet, Sweet Summer by Jane Gaskell1970
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill1971
The Knight and Chivalry by Richard Barber1971
Terry Street by Douglas Dunn1972
A Season in Abyssinia : An Impersonation of Arthur Rimbaud by Paul Strathern1973
The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis1974
The Dead of Winter by Dominic Cooper1976
First Love, Last Rites: Stories by Ian McEwan1976
Shelley: The Pursuit (New York Review Books) by Richard Holmes1977
My Life Closed Twice by Nigel Williams1978
A state of justice (Faber paperbacks) by Tom Paulin1978
Daughter of Jerusalem by Sara Maitland1979
Jack and Jill by Helen Hodgman1979
Bomber Command by Max Hastings1980
The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter1980
The Healing Art by A. N. Wilson1981
Hearts of Gold by Clive Sinclair1981
Metroland by Julian Barnes1981
A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd1982
Lantern Lecture and Other Stories by Adam Mars-Jones1982
Keepers of the House by Lisa St. Aubin De Teran1983
The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde by Peter Ackroyd1984
The Polish Revolution: Solidarity (Third Edition) by Timothy Garton Ash1984
Dark Glasses by Blake Morrison1985
Her Living Image by Jane Rogers1985
Family Myths and Legends by Patricia Ferguson1986
Frontiers: From the Arctic to the Aegean by Adam Nicolson1986
Tongues of Flame by Tim Parks1986
The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory1987
Isaac Campion by Janni Howker1987
The Lamberts : George, Constant & Kit by Andrew Motion1987
Land That Lost Its Heroes: How Argentina Lost the Falklands War by Jimmy Burns1988
Selling Manhattan by Carol Ann Duffy1988
Whore Banquets by Matthew Kneale1988
The Birds of the Innocent Wood by Deirdre Madden1989
Romantic Affinities: Portraits from an Age 1780-1830 by Rupert Christiansen1989
The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst1989
Our Grandmothers' Drums by Mark Hudson1990
The Vision of Elena Silves by Nicholas Shakespeare1990
Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories by Helen Simpson1991
Honour Thy Father by Lesley Glaister1991
The Other Occupant by Peter Benson1991
But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer1992
Householder by Gerard Woodward1992
Lempriere's Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk1992
Bucket of Tongues by Duncan McLean1993
Jella by Dea Birkett1993
Out of the Rain by Glyn Maxwell1993
The Crossing Place: A Journey Among the Armenians by Philip Marsden1994
Looking for the Possible Dance by A. L. Kennedy1994
Other Lovers by Jackie Kay1994
The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS by Simon Garfield1995
The Queen of Sheba by Kathleen Jamie1995
Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer by Patrick French1995
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner1996
Truffle Beds by Katherine Pierpoint1996
I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination by Francis Spufford1997
Kitchen Venom by Philip Hensher1997
Slattern by Kate Clanchy1997
The Testimony of Taliesin Jones by Rhidian Brook1997
Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police by Robert Twigger1998
The Country Life by Rachel Cusk1998
The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale1998
This Bloody Mary Is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing by Jonathan Rendall1998
The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You by Paul Farley1999
Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic by Jonathan Freedland1999
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden1999
Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth1999
Affinity by Sarah Waters2000
Leadville: A Biography of the A40 by Edward Platt2001
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice2001
Black Earth City: A Year in the Heart of Russia by Charlotte Hobson2002
The Paperchase by Marcel Theroux2002
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor2003
The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru2003
The snow geese by William Fiennes2003
Daughters of Jerusalem by Charlotte Mendelson2004
Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination by Robert Macfarlane2004
Two Kinds of Silence by Mark Blayney2004
The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell2005
Passing Under Heaven by Justin Hill2005
Incendiary by Chris Cleave2006
On Beauty by Zadie Smith2006
Skirrid Hill by Owen Sheers2006
The Amnesia Clinic by James Scudamore2007
Running for the Hills: Growing Up on My Mother's Sheep Farm in Wales by Horatio Clare2007
The Delighted States: A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, ... & a Variety of Helpful Indexes by Adam Thirlwell2008
Joshua Spassky by Gwendoline Riley2008
On Purpose by Nick Laird2008
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall2008
Alasdair Gray: A Secretary's Biography by Rodge Glass2009
The Broken Word by Adam Foulds2009
Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia2009
The Exchange-rate Between Love and Money by Thomas Leveritt2009
Once Upon A Time In England by Helen Walsh2009
The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English by Henry Hitchings2009
Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley2010
What Price Liberty?: How Freedom Was Won and is Being Lost by Ben Wilson2010
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi2010
In the Flesh by Adam O'Riordan2011
Romantic moderns: English writers, artists and the imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris2011
The Squirrels are Dead by Miriam Gamble2011
The Adult by Joe Stretch2013
Diving Belles by Lucy Wood2013
Glass Delusion (Salt Modern Poets) by Abi Curtis2013
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman2013

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The Somerset Maugham Award is a British literary prize given each May by the Society of Authors. It is awarded to who they judge to be the best writer or writers under the age of thirty-five of a book published in the past year. The prize was instituted in 1947 by William Somerset Maugham and thus bears his name: the award is currently £6000 per winner, to be spent on foreign travel. The total fund for each year is £12000. Since 1964, multiple winners have usually been chosen in the same year. In 1975, the award was not given.
The awards are not limited to fiction, though dramatic works are excluded from consideration.

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