Blog: Shortlists for the 2011 James Tait Black Memorial Prize


The University of Edinburgh has announced the shortlists for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. The prizes are for the best work of fiction and the best biography published during the previous 12 months. They are the only major British book awards judged by scholars and students of Literature.

The winners of the £10,000 prize will be announced as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Saturday August 25. The event will also see the announcement of “The Best of James Tait Black Prize”, a special award as part of the 250th English Literature anniversary at the University, celebrating the fiction winners from the past 93 years.


  • Book:Snowdrops
  • Book:Solace (Belinda McKeon)
  • Book:You & I
  • Book:There but for the


  • Book:Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
  • Book:Ben Jonson: A Life
  • Book:The Last Pre-Raphaelite
  • Book:Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life


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