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Book awards: WH Smith Literary Award

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Voss by Patrick White1959
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee1960
Friday's footprint and other stories by Nadine Gordimer1961
We Think The World of You by J. R. Ackerley1962
The Birthday King by Gabriel Fielding1963
Meditations On a Hobby Horse and Other Essays On the Theory of Art by E. H. Gombrich1964
Beginning Again: An Autobiography of the Years 1911 to 1918 by Leonard Woolf1965
A Child Possessed by R. C. Hutchinson1966
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys1967
The Mimic Men by V. S. Naipaul1968
John Keats by Robert Gittings1969
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles1970
New lives, new landscapes by Nan Fairbrother1971
The lost country by Kathleen Raine1972
Catholics by Brian Moore1973
Temporary Kings by Anthony Powell1974
Wilfred Owen by Jon Stallworthy1975
North by Seamus Heaney1976
Slim: The Standardbearer : A Biography of Field-Marshal the Viscount Slim (Wordsworth Military Library) by Ronald Lewin1977
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor1978
Life in the English country house: a social and architectural history by Mark Girouard1979
Selected Poems, 1950–1975 by Thom Gunn1980
The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate1981
Last Waltz in Vienna by George Clare1982
Wise Virgin by A. N. Wilson1983
Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-82 by Philip Larkin1984
The Pork Butcher by David Hughes1985
The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing1986
Collected Poems: 1953-1985 by Elizabeth Jennings1987
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes1988
A Tinker and a Poor Man: John Bunyan and His Church, 1628-88 by Christopher Hill1989
A Careless Widow and Other Stories by V. S. Pritchett1990
Omeros by Derek Walcott1991
The Scramble for Africa: 1876–1912 by Thomas Pakenham1992
Daughters of the House by Michele Roberts1993
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth1994
Open Secrets by Alice Munro1995
Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama1996
A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes1997
Tales from Ovid by Ted Hughes1998
Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge1999
The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg2000
The Human Stain by Philip Roth2001
Atonement by Ian McEwan2002
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt2003
The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers2004
The Plot against America by Philip Roth2005

Award description

The WH Smith Literary Award is an award founded in 1959 by British high street retailer W H Smith. It founding aim was stated to be to "encourage and bring international esteem to authors of the British Commonwealth"; originally open to all residents of the UK, the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, it latterly admitted foreign works in translation and works by US authors. The final three winners were Americans (Philip Roth, Donna Tartt and Richard Powers), and 2005 was the awards final year.


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