Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize

Given by Duff Cooper Memorial Fund

Other Names: Duff Cooper Prize
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The Duff Cooper Prize is a prize which goes to the best work of history, biography, politics or (very occasionally) poetry published in English or French. First awarded in 1956, the prize is worth show more £5,000. The prize was established in honour of Duff Cooper, a British diplomat, Cabinet member and acclaimed author. show less
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February 5: Shortlist2023 Recent

Winner 68

The Restless Republic: Britain without a Crown by Anna Keay2022
The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe by Mark Mazower2021
Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe by Judith Herrin2020
A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths by John Barton2019
De Gaulle by Julian Jackson2018
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum2017
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World by Christopher De Hamel2016
Schubert's winter journey : anatomy of an obsession by Ian Bostridge2015
Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory by Patrick McGuinness2014
The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett2013
Strindberg: A Life by Sue Prideaux2012
Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst2011
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell2010
Trotsky: A Biography by Robert Service2009
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird2008
The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography by Graham Robb2007
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple2006
Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 by Maya Jasanoff2005
Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 by Mark Mazower2004
Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum2003
Edwin Lutyens: His Life, His Wife, His Work by Jane Ridley2002
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan2001
John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman by Robert Skidelsky2000
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild1999
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple1998
Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834 by Richard Holmes1998
Frozen Desire: The Meaning of Money by James Buchan1997
Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch1996
Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny1995
Curzon: Imperial Statesman by David Gilmour1994
A History of Warfare by John Keegan1993
Never again : Britain, 1945-1951 by Peter Hennessy1992
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk1991
Clever Hearts: Desmond and Molly MacCarthy: A Biography by Hugh Cecil1990
Federico García Lorca: A Life by Ian Gibson1989
A Serious Character: The Life of Ezra Pound by Humphrey Carpenter1988
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes1987
C.R. Ashbee: Architect, Designer, and Romantic Socialist by Alan Crawford1986
Edmund Gosse: A Literary Landscape, 1849-1928 by Ann Thwaite1985
Secrets of a Woman's Heart: Later Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett, 1920-69 by Hilary Spurling1984
Collected poems by Peter Porter1983
James Joyce by Richard Ellmann1982
Edith Sitwell: A Unicorn Among the Lions by Victoria Glendinning1981
Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart by Robert Bernard Martin1980
Tenebrae by Geoffrey Hill1979
Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History by Mark Girouard1978
Missing Persons: An Autobiography by E. R. Dodds1977
Mussolini's Roman Empire by Denis Mack Smith1976
North by Seamus Heaney1975
Wilfred Owen by Jon Stallworthy1974
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox1973
Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell1972
Discoveries of Bones and Stones by Geoffrey Grigson1971
Charles of Orleans, prince and poet by Enid McLeod1970
The rise and fall of the man of letters: aspects of English literary life since 1800 by John Gross1969
New Poems by Roy Broadbent Fuller1968
The Peregrine by J. A. Baker1967
The Continent of Circe by Nirad C. Chaudhuri1966
Marcel Proust: A Biography by George D. Painter1965
The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan by Ivan Morris1964
John Keats: The Making of a Poet by Aileen Ward1963
The Franco-Prussian War: The German Invasion of France 1870-1871 by Michael Howard1962
Joseph Conrad: A Critical Biography by Jocelyn Baines1961
Complete Poems by Andrew Young1960
Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor1959
Collected Poems by John Betjeman1958
Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell1957
Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead1956

Shortlist 54

Revolutionary Spring: Europe Aflame and the Fight for a New World, 1848-1849 by Christopher Clark2023
The Revolutionary Temper by Robert Darnton2023
Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire by Nandini Das2023
France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain by Julian Jackson2023
Monet The Restless Vision /anglais by Jackie Wullschlager2023
Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan by Felipe Fernández-Armesto2022
Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London by Vic Gatrell2022
John Constable: A Portrait by James Hamilton2022
Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell2022
Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement from Cubits to Quantum Constants by James Vincent2022
Himalaya: A Human History by Ed Douglas2020
Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee2020
Kiss Myself Goodbye: The Many Lives of Aunt Munca by Ferdinand Mount2020
A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J. B. S. Haldane by Samanth Subramanian2020
The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes2019
On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons by Laura Cumming2019
The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture by Orlando Figes2019
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Three: Herself Alone by Charles Moore2019
The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 by Antonia Fraser2018
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch2018
In Byron's Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron's Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace by Miranda Seymour2018
The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil2018
Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee: Winner of the Orwell Prize by John Bew2016
This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer by Richard Holmes2016
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar2016
East West Street by Philippe Sands2016
Charlotte Bronte: A Life by Claire Harman2015
Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World by Noel Malcolm2015
The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905 by Ferdinand Mount2015
The Iceberg by Marion Coutts2014
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald2014
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh2014
The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World by George Prochnik2014
In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow2014
Byron's War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution by Roderick Beaton2013
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 by William Dalrymple2013
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee2013
Walking Wounded: The Life and Poetry of Vernon Scannell by J. Andrew Taylor2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo2012
The Man Within My Head by Pico Iyer2012
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane2012
The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley2012
Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott2012
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal2010
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon2010
Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris2010
What to Look for in Winter by Candia McWilliam2010
Life by Keith Richards2010
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder2010
The Music Room by William Fiennes2009
The Frock-Coated Communist: The Life and Times of the Original Champagne Socialist by Tristram Hunt2009
Family Britain: 1951-57 by David Kynaston2009
Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace by Dominic Lieven2009
Chagall: A Biography by Jackie Wullschlager2008


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