The Hessell-Tiltman prize of £2,000 is awarded annually for a non-fiction book of specifically historical content. Entrants, which may include first British translations, are to be books of high literary merit – that is, not primarily written for the academic market – and can cover all historical periods up to and including the end of the 1960s.
Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman was a member of PEN during the 1960s and 1970s. On her death in 1999 she bequeathed £100,000 to the PEN Literary Foundation to found a prize in her name.
Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2015: Rules
- The Prize of £2,000 is awarded annually.
- The Prize is for history only; historical biography is not included.
- Historical periods covered are allowed until the end of the 1960s.
- The book must be a first British publication in the English language. Translations can be considered, but the prize will be awarded to the author only.
- The book must be of high literary merit i.e. not written mainly for the academic market nor of heavily military content.
- There are three judges including a chair.
- The judges have discretion how they individually and jointly assess the submitted books and their decision is final.
- English PEN has complete discretion in respect of any change it may wish to make from time to time
Books should be published between 1 January and 31 December 2014.
Notes to authors: All books must be submitted through publishers; regrettably, direct submissions from authors cannot be accepted. Nor, at present, can self-published books.
|2014||David Reynolds||The Long Shadow: the Great War and the Twentieth Century||Simon & Schuster|
|2013||Keith Lowe||Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II||Viking/Penguin|
|2012||James Gleick||The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood||Fourth Estate|
|2011||Toby Wilkinson||The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: the History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra|
|2010||Diarmaid MacCulloch||A History of Christianity||Penguin|
|2009||Mark Thompson||The White War: Life & Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919||Faber & Faber|
|2008||Clair Wills||That Neutral Island||Faber & Faber|
|2007||Vic Gatrell||City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London||Atlantic Books|
|2006||Bryan Ward Perkins||The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization||Oxford University Press|
|The Boys’ Crusade
The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia
|Weidenfeld and Nicholdon
|2003||Jenny Uglow||The Lunar Men||Faber & Faber|
|2002||Margaret Macmillan||Peacemakers||John Murray|