Jerwood Award

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The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction are financial awards made to assist new writers of non-fiction to carry out new research, to devote more time to writing.[1] The award is administrated by the Royal Society of Literature on behalf of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Recipients must have a publishing contract and be citizens of either the UK or Ireland, or have been residents in one of these for at least the last three years.[2]



  • Tom Burgis for The Looting Machine, William Collins (£10k)
  • Julian Mash for Portobello Road: Dispatches from the Street, Frances Lincoln (£5k)
  • Corri Waitt for The Wisdom of Chickens, Quercus (£5k)


  • Ramita Navai for City of Lies: The Undercover Truth About Tehran, Weidenfeld & Nicholson (£10k)
  • Edmund Gordon for Angela Carter: The Biography, Chatto (£5k)
  • Gwen Adshead for A Short Book About Evil, Jessica Kingsley (£5k)


  • James Macdonald Lockhart for Raptor: A Journey Through Britain's Birds of Prey, Fourth Estate (£10k)
  • Gerard Russell for Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, Simon & Schuster (£5k)
  • Helen Smith for Edward Garnett: The Uncommon Reader, Jonathan Cape (£5k)
  • Polly Morland for The Society of Timid Souls, or How to Be Brave, Profile (£2k)



  • Caspar Henderson for The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Granta (£10k)
  • Miles Hollingworth for St Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography, Continuum (£5k)
  • Selina Mills for Life Unseen: The Story of Blindness, IB Tauris (£5k)




  • Carolyn Steel for Hungry City, Chatto (£10k)
  • Sarah Irving for Natural Science and the Origins of British Empire, Pickering & Chatto (£5k)
  • Thomas Wright for Oscar’s Books, Chatto (£5k)



  • Jim Endersby for A Guinea Pig’s History of Biology, Heinemann (£10k)
  • Roland Chambers for The Last Englishman – The Double Life of Arthur Ransome, Faber (£5k)
  • John Stubbs for John Donne: The Reformed Soul, Viking (£5k)


  1. ^ "The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction". Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  2. ^ "The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-01-17.