Elizabeth Longford Prize

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The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was established in 2003 in memory of Elizabeth Longford (1906-2002), the British author, biographer and historian. The £5,000 prize is awarded annually for a historical biography published in the preceding year. The Elizabeth Longford Prize is sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros and administered by the Society of Authors.


  • 2003 – David Gilmour for The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling
  • 2004 – Katie Whitaker for Mad Madge
  • 2005 – Ian Kershaw for Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the Road to War'
  • 2006 – Charles Williams for Petain: How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History
  • 2007 – Jessie Childs for Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
  • 2008 – Rosemary Hill for God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain[1]
  • 2009 - Mark Bostridge for Florence Nightingale. The Woman and Her Legend
  • 2010 - Tristram Hunt for The Frock-Coated Communist - The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels
  • 2011 - Philip Ziegler for Edward Heath (bio of Edward Heath)
  • 2012 - Frances Wilson for How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay
  • 2013 - Anne Somerset for Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion
  • 2014 - Charles Moore for Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography. Volume 1
  • 2015 - Ben Macintyre for A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal


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