Sex and art by the Grand Canal: how Peggy Guggenheim took Venice

In the 1940s, the heiress fled New York and, with a makeshift gallery, became the star of Venice. But she was not the first woman to dazzle the city. As the Biennale opens, Judith Mackrell tells their story on the Guardian. Judith Mackrell’s The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice is published by […]

Francis Spufford’s Golden Hill wins RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2017

“This is that rare thing – an ingenious novel that draws on profound research to evoke the spirit of another age, yet wears that research lightly. An astonishing achievement, intoxicating in its virtuosity.” Henry Hitchings – RSL Ondaatje 2017 Judge We are very pleased to annouce that Francis has won the Ondaatje Prize with Golden Hill.  Golden […]

Hogarth Press: Two Stories by Virginia Woolf and Mark Haddon

Hogarth is to mark its centenary with a birthday edition of its first publication, Two Stories, including newly commissioned work by Mark Haddon, to be published on 22 June. Founded by Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard Woolf, in 1917, the Hogarth press list ranged across fiction, poetry, politics and psychoanalysis, and published all of […]

Julianne Pachico and Rebecca F John on the Hay 30

Congratulations to Julianne Pachico and Rebecca F John, who have both been named on the Hay 30. The list, selected by the Hay Festival to coincide with the event’s 30th anniversary, features 30 young novelists, scientists, performers, philosophers and activists who will help to imagine and shape the world over the next 30 years. To see the full list click here […]

Francis Spufford on RSL Ondaatje Prize and Desmond Elliott shortlists

Congratulations to Francis Spufford, whose first novel GOLDEN HILL is on the RSL Ondaatje Prize shortlist. The prize is awarded annually to a book of the highest literary merit – fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best evokes the spirit of a place. The winner will be announced on 8th May, and you can read […]

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford is on the Folio Prize shortlist

  We are delighted to announce that Francis Spufford’s Golden Hill is on the newly resurrected Folio Prize shortlist. The winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017 will be announced on 24th May 2017 at a ceremony at the British Library. Read more about the prize and the shortlist on the Guardian.

Lyndal Roper is on Wolfson History Prize Shortlist and Elizabeth Longford Prize Shortlist

Very many congratulations to Lyndal Roper whose historical biography Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (Bodley Head) is one of six books shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize and the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. First established in 1972, and awarded annually, the Wolfson Prize is Britain’s foremost history prize promotes and encourages standards of excellence in […]

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me makes 2017 Baileys Prize Shortlist

We are delighted to announce that Stay With Me has been shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Read more about the ‘daring’ and ‘intimate’ shortlist on the Baileys Prize website here and on the BBC website here. Read interviews with Ayobami in The Bookseller and The Guardian. From today’s Bookseller: Nigerian debut novelist Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ has been […]

More Prizes: Walter Scott, Desmond Elliott, Authors’ Club

We are once again thrilled that Francis Spufford’s Golden Hill (Faber) and Jo Baker’s A Country Road, A Tree (Doubleday) have made it on to the 2017 Walter Scott Prize shortlist. Read more about the prize and how the books were selected here. Golden Hill has also been longlisted for Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017, along with Harry Parker’s Anatomy […]