Somerset Maugham Award

Given by Society of Authors

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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 show more 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. show less
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WorkYear
Keeping the House by Tice Cin
2022
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
2022
My Body Keeps Your Secrets by Lucia Osborne-Crowley Llb
2022
The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong
2021
Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town by Lamorna Ash
2021
The Storm by Akeem Balogun
2021
Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi
2020
Michael Tippett: The Biography by Oliver Soden
2020
Moder Dy: Polygon New Poets by Roseanne Watt
2020
Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
2019
The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas
2019
Shrines of Upper Austria by Phoebe Power
2019
The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, a Love Story, and a Friendship Across Time by Nell Stevens
2019
Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
2018
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
2018
All the prayers in the house by Miriam Nash
2018
The Invention of Angela Carter : A Biography by Edmund Gordon
2017
Sunshine by Melissa Lee Houghton
2017
Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes
2017
An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw it: A John Murray Original by Jessie Greengrass
2016
Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance by Daisy Hay
2016
Physical by Andrew McMillan
2016
We Don't Know What We're Doing by Thomas Morris
2016
Happiness by Jack Underwood
2016
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair by Jonathan Beckman
2015
Black Country by Liz Berry
2015
Lolito by Ben Brooks
2015
Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger
2015
Hunters in the Snow by Daisy Hildyard
2014
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
2014
Orkney by Amy Sackville
2014
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
2013
Glass Delusion (Salt Modern Poets) by Abi Curtis
2013
The Adult by Joe Stretch
2013
Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
2013
The Squirrels are Dead by Miriam Gamble
2011
Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris
2011
In the Flesh by Adam O'Riordan
2011
White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
2010
Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley
2010
What Price Liberty!: How Freedom Was Won and Is Being Lost by Ben Wilson
2010
Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia
2009
The Broken Word by Adam Foulds
2009
Alasdair Gray: A Secretary's Biography by Rodge Glass
2009
The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English by Henry Hitchings
2009
The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money by Thomas Leveritt
2009
Once Upon A Time In England by Helen Walsh
2009
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
2008
On Purpose by Nick Laird
2008
Joshua Spassky by Gwendoline Riley
2008
The Delighted States: A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by ... Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes by Adam Thirlwell
2008
Running for the Hills: Growing Up on My Mother's Sheep Farm in Wales by Horatio Clare
2007
The Amnesia Clinic by James Scudamore
2007
Incendiary by Chris Cleave
2006
Skirrid Hill by Owen Sheers
2006
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
2006
Passing Under Heaven by Justin Hill
2005
The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell
2005
Two Kinds of Silence by Mark Blayney
2004
Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit by Robert Macfarlane
2004
Daughters of Jerusalem by Charlotte Mendelson
2004
The Snow Geese by William Fiennes
2003
The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru
2003
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
2003
Black Earth City: A Year in the Heart of Russia by Charlotte Hobson
2002
The Paperchase by Marcel Theroux
2002
Leadville: A Biography of the A40 by Edward Platt
2001
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice
2001
Pobby and Dingan / Specks in the Sky by Ben Rice
2001
Affinity by Sarah Waters
2000
Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth
1999
The Boy from the Chemist Is Here to See You by Paul Farley
1999
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
1999
Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic by Jonathan Freedland
1999
The Country Life by Rachel Cusk
1998
This Bloody Mary Is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing by Jonathan Rendall
1998
The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water by Kate Summerscale
1998
Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons From The Tokyo Riot Police by Robert Twigger
1998
The Testimony of Taliesin Jones by Rhidian Brook
1997
Slattern by Kate Clanchy
1997
Kitchen Venom by Philip Hensher
1997
I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination by Francis Spufford
1997
Truffle Beds by Katherine Pierpoint
1996
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
1996
Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer by Patrick French
1995
The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS by Simon Garfield
1995
Queen of Sheba by Kathleen Jamie
1995
Other Lovers by Jackie Kay
1994
Looking for the Possible Dance by A. L. Kennedy
1994
The Crossing Place: A Journey Among the Armenians by Philip Marsden
1994
Jella by Dea Birkett
1993
Out of the Rain by Glyn Maxwell
1993
Bucket of Tongues by Duncan McLean
1993
But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer
1992
Lemprière's Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk
1992
Householder by Gerard Woodward
1992
The Other Occupant by Peter Benson
1991
Honour Thy Father by Lesley Glaister
1991
Four Bare Legs in a Bed by Helen Simpson
1991
Our Grandmothers' Drums by Mark Hudson
1990
The Vision of Elena Silves by Nicholas Shakespeare
1990
Romantic Affinities: Portraits from an Age 1780-1830 by Rupert Christiansen
1989
The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
1989
Birds of the Innocent Wood by Deirdre Madden
1989
Land That Lost Its Heroes: How Argentina Lost the Falklands War by Jimmy Burns
1988
Selling Manhattan by Carol Ann Duffy
1988
Whore Banquets by Matthew Kneale
1988
The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory
1987
Isaac Campion by Janni Howker
1987
The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit by Andrew Motion
1987
Family Myths and Legends by Patricia Ferguson
1986
Frontiers: From the Arctic to the Aegean by Adam Nicolson
1986
Tongues of Flame by Tim Parks
1986
Dark Glasses by Blake Morrison
1985
Her Living Image by Jane Rogers
1985
The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde by Peter Ackroyd
1984
The Polish Revolution: Solidarity (Third Edition) by Timothy Garton Ash
1984
Keepers of the House by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
1983
A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd
1982
Lantern Lecture and Other Stories by Adam Mars-Jones
1982
Metroland by Julian Barnes
1981
Hearts of Gold by Clive Sinclair
1981
The Healing Art by A. N. Wilson
1981
The Inklings: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends by Humphrey Carpenter
1980
Bomber Command : The Myths and Reality of the Strategic Bombing Offensive, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings
1980
Jack and Jill by Helen Hodgman
1979
Daughter of Jerusalem by Sara Maitland
1979
State of Justice (Faber paperbacks) by Tom Paulin
1978
My Life Closed Twice by Nigel Williams
1978
Shelley : the pursuit by Richard Holmes
1977
The Dead of Winter by Dominic Cooper
1976
First Love, Last Rites: Stories by Ian McEwan
1976
The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
1974
Season in Abyssinia by Paul Strathern
1973
Terry Street by Douglas Dunn
1972
The Knight and Chivalry by Richard Barber
1971
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill
1971
A Sweet, Sweet Summer by Jane Gaskell
1970
Monk Dawson by Piers Paul Read
1970
Several Perceptions by Angela Carter
1969
At the Jerusalem by Paul Bailey
1968
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
1968
Trawl by B. S. Johnson
1967
The Emancipation of the American Woman by Andrew Sinclair
1967
The Tin Men by Michael Frayn
1966
The White Father by Julian Mitchell
1966
Negatives by Peter Everett
1965
Time of arrival and other essays by Dan Jacobson
1964
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré
1964
Flight into Camden by David Storey
1963
The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas
1962
Miguel Street by V. S. Naipaul
1961
The Hawk in the Rain by Ted Hughes
1960
The Sense of Movement by Thom Gunn
1959
Preliminary Essays by John Wain
1958
In the Castle of My Skin by George Lamming
1957
A Way of Looking by Elizabeth Jennings
1956
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
1955
Five by Doris Lessing
1954
Hear and forgive by Emyr Humphreys
1953
The Dividing Stream by Francis King
1952
Scamp by Roland Camberton
1951
Tomato Cain and other stories by Nigel Kneale
1950
Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica by Hamish Henderson
1949
A Journey to the Interior by P. H. Newby
1948
Innocents: Variations on a Theme by A. L. Barker
1947

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