PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize

Given by English PEN

108 Works 61,194 Books 1,282 Reviews 4.0
The Hessell-Tiltman History Prize is awarded to the best work of non-fiction of historical content covering a period up to and including WWII, and published in the year of the award. The books are show more to be of high literary merit but not primarily academic. The prize is organized by the United Kingdom division of PEN. It was founded in 2002 after PEN received a large was bequest from Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman. Each year's winner receives £3000. show less
Stages:
All, Winner (23), Shortlist (108)
Years:
All, 2023 (6), 2022 (7), 2021 (7), 2020 (7), 2019 (1), 2018 (6), 2017 (7), 2016 (6), 2015 (5), 2014 (6), 2013 (6), 2012 (6), 2011 (4), 2010 (3), 2009 (1), 2008 (5), 2007 (6), 2006 (3), 2005 (5), 2004 (5), 2003 (5), 2002 (1)

Winner 23

WorkYear
Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire by Kojo Koram2023
God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou2022
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes2021
The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj by Anita Anand2020
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library by Edward Wilson-Lee2019
Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by Stephen Anthony Smith2018
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga2017
The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45 by Nicholas Stargardt2016
God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs2015
The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds2014
Savage continent: Europe in the aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe2013
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick2012
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson2011
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch2010
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thompson2009
That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War by Clair Wills2008
City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London by Vic Gatrell2007
The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins2006
The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944–1945 by Paul Fussell2005
Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945 by Richard Overy2005
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland2004
The Lunar Men: Five Friends whose Curiosity Changed the World by Jenny Uglow2003
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan2002

Shortlist 108

WorkYear
Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire by Kojo Koram2023
On Bloody Sunday: A New History Of The Day And Its Aftermath – By The People Who Were There by Julieann Campbell2023
Abolition Revolution by Aviah Sarah Day2023
A New Formation: How Black Footballers Made the Modern Game by Calum Jacobs2023
The Last Colony by Philippe Sands2023
Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine by Anna Della Subin2023
God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou2022
This Dark Country: Women Artists, Still Life and Intimacy in the Early Twentieth Century by Rebecca Birrell2022
Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt's Roaring '20s by Raphael Cormack2022
The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis by Amitav Ghosh2022
The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England by Julie Kavanagh2022
The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand2022
We're Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire by Ian Patel2022
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes2021
Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick2021
Magic: A History: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present by Chris Gosden2021
Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood by Helen McCarthy2021
The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay2021
Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire by Sujit Sivasundaram2021
Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention by Ben Wilson2021
The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj by Anita Anand2020
Time Song : journeys in search of a submerged land by Julia Blackburn2020
Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands by Hazel V. Carby2020
A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution by Toby Green2020
A House in the Mountains: The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism by Caroline Moorehead2020
The Brothers York: An English Tragedy by Thomas Penn2020
Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding by Roel Sterckx2020
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library by Edward Wilson-Lee2019
Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by Stephen Anthony Smith2018
London's Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City by Stephen Alford2018
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum2018
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen2018
The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea by Christopher J. Lebron2018
The Tiger in the Smoke: Art and Culture in Post-War Britain by Lynda Nead2018
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga2017
At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell2017
This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World by Jerry Brotton2017
The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace by Susan L. Carruthers2017
Spitalfields: The History of a Nation in a Handful of Streets by Dan Cruickshank2017
The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 by Frank Dikötter2017
Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World by Tim Whitmarsh2017
The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45 by Nicholas Stargardt2016
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard2016
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan2016
If This is a Woman: Inside Ravensbruck, Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm2016
Farthest field: an Indian story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad2016
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro2016
God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs2015
The Fateful Year: England 1914 by Mark Bostridge2015
Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton2015
The English and Their History by Robert Tombs2015
In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow2015
The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds2014
Empires of the Dead: How One Man's Vision Led to the Creation of WWI's War Graves by David Crane2014
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 by William Dalrymple2014
The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London's Golden Age by Vic Gatrell2014
Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain by Charlotte Higgins2014
The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead by Carl Watkins2014
Savage continent: Europe in the aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe2013
A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton2013
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark2013
The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama by Nigel Cliff2013
Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of World War II by Jonathan Dimbleby2013
Governing the World: The History of an Idea by Mark Mazower2013
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick2012
The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Collingham2012
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe by Norman Davies2012
Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources, and Experts in the Second World War by David Edgerton2012
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild2012
An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science by Edward J. Larson2012
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson2011
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman2011
Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean by Philip Mansel2011
Berlin at War. Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45 by Roger Moorhouse2011
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch2010
Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814 by Dominic Lieven2010
Behind closed doors : at home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery2010
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thompson2009
That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War by Clair Wills2008
The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914 by Philipp Blom2008
London Rising: The Men Who Made Modern London by Leo Hollis2008
Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower2008
The shameful peace: how French artists and intellectuals survived the Nazi occupation by Frederic Spotts2008
City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London by Vic Gatrell2007
The Sale of the Late King's Goods: Charles I and His Art Collection by Jerry Brotton2007
Household Gods: The British and their Possessions by Deborah Cohen2007
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple2007
Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 by John Elliott2007
The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze2007
The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins2006
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama2006
Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend2006
The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944–1945 by Paul Fussell2005
Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945 by Richard Overy2005
Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest2005
Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 by Mark Mazower2005
The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople by Jonathan Phillips2005
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland2004
Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World by James Buchan2004
Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies2004
The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation by Richard Fletcher2004
Reformation : Europe's house divided : 1490-1700 by Diarmaid MacCulloch2004
The Lunar Men: Five Friends whose Curiosity Changed the World by Jenny Uglow2003
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple2003
The Pilgrimage of Grace: The Rebellion That Shook Henry VIII's Throne by Geoffrey Moorhouse2003
The Road from Versailles: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the Fall of the French Monarchy by Munro Price2003
The Victorians by A. N. Wilson2003
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan2002

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