Anne Sebba is presented with the Franco-British Society Book Prize

Anne Sebba has one the Franco-British Society Book Prize for her book Les Parisiennes. The award is presented annually to the author of a work published in the UK which is considered to have contributed most to Franco-British understanding. Read more about the Franco-British society here and read more about Anne’s book Les Parisiennes here.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Francis Spufford Wins Costa First Novel Award for Golden Hill

Francis Spufford has won the prestigious Costa first novel award for Golden Hill, a “dazzlingly original tale” set in 18th-century New York. Read more about his brilliant novel and the other winners here. Golden Hill was also named Sunday Times Novel of the Year. Selected praise for Golden Hill: “A cunningly crafted narrative that, right up to its tour de […]

World War I at Home with Philip Hoare

Royal Victoria Hospital Shocking stories of the World War I Hampshire hospital doctors who faked footage on cures for shellshock. Author Philip Hoare examines the evidence and reveals some other real-life human tragedies at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley. Watch on BBC iPlayer here.