Thursday, March 4, 2010

James Tait Black Memorial Prize

James Tait Black Prizes logo   First awarded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious book prizes awarded for literature written in the English language. The award is based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the winner is chosen by the Professor of English Literature at the University with the assistance of PhD students. A prize of £10,000 is given to the winning author of the best work of fiction published during the previous 12 months.

Books on hand tbr:

1936 South Riding by Winifred Holtby
2000 White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Winner)
2003 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
1997 Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller (Winner)
1980 Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
1979 Darkness Visible by William Golding

A complete list of all winners and shortlists with those I've read (20 of 93) highlighted in red:
Best of the James Tait Black in Fiction
Shortlisted from 93 previous annual winners:

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter - Winner (1984)

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (1948)
A Disaffection by James Kelman (1989)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips (1993)
The Mandlebaum Gate by Muriel Spark (1954)

You and I by Padgett Powell (Winner)
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
Solace by Belinda McKeon
There But For The by Ali Smith

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjani Soli (Winner)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacon De Zoet by David Mitchell
La Rochelle by Michael Nath
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

The Children’s Book by AS Byatt (Winner)
Strangers by Anita Brookner
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Winner)
Sputnik Caledonia by Andrew Crumey     
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif    
Pilcrow by Adam Mars-Jones     
A Mercy by Toni Morison

Our Horses in Egypt by Rosalind Belben (Winner)
The Devil's Footprints by John Burnside
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid         
A Far Country by Daniel Mason        
Salvage by Gee Williams     

The Road by Cormac McCarthy(Winner)
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie      
Seven Lies by James Lasdun      
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
Electricity by Ray Robinson
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Saturday by Ian McEwan
Praying Mantis by Andre Brink
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala
Mother, Missing by Joyce Carol Oates
The Accidental by Ali Smith

GB84 by David Peace
Havoc in its Third Year by Ronan Bennett
The Afterglow by Anthony Cartwright
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Psychoraag by Suhayl Saadi

Personality by Andrew O'Hagan (Winner)
Middlesex  by Jeffrey Eugenides    
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Personality by Andre O'Hagan

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Winner)
Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester    
Family Matters by Rohinton MISTRY    
Unless by Carol Shields    
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

Something Like a House by Sid Smith (Winner)
The Body Artist by Don Delillo    
Atonement by Ian McEwan    
number9dream by David Mitchell

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Winner)
The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
In the Shape of a Boar by Lawrence Norfolk

Renegade or Halo2 by Timothy Mo (Winner)
The Leper's Companions by Julia Blackburn
A Harlot's Progress by David Dabydeen
Headlong     by Michael Frayn
The Harvest by Christopher Hart     

Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge (Winner)
Man or Mango?: a lament by Lucy Ellmann
Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills

Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller (Winner)
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey    
Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D'aguiar
Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan     

1996 Last Orders by Graham Swift and Justine by Alice Thompson
1995 The Prestige by Christopher Priest
1994 The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
1993 Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips
1992 Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
1991 Downriver by Iain Sinclair
1990 Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd
1989 A Disaffection by James Kelman
1988 A Season in the West by Piers Paul Read
1987 The Golden Bird: Two Orkney Stories by George Mackay Brown
1986 Persephone by Jenny Joseph
1985 Winter Garden by Robert Edric
1984 Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
1983 Allegro Postillions by Jonathan Keates
1982 On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
1981 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie and The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
1980 Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
1979 Darkness Visible by William Golding
1978 Plumb by Maurice Gee
1977 The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré
1976 Doctor Copernicus by John Banville
1975 The Great Victorian Collection by Brian Moore
1974 Monsieur, or The Prince Of Darkness by Lawrence Durrell
1973 The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch W
1972 G by John Berger
1971 A Guest of Honour by Nadine Gordimer
1970 The Bird of Paradise by Lily Powell
1969 Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen
1968 The Gasteropod by Maggie Ross
1967 Jerusalem the Golden by Margaret Drabble
1966 Such by Christine Brooke-Rose and Langrishe, Go Down by Aidan Higgins
1965 The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark
1964 The Ice Saints by Frank Tuohy
1963 A Slanting Light by Gerda Charles
1962 Act of Destruction by Ronald Hardy
1961 The Ha-Ha by Jennifer Dawson
1960 Imperial Caesar by Rex Warner
1959 The Devil's Advocate by Morris West
1958 The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot by Angus Wilson
1957 At Lady Molly's by Anthony Powell
1956 The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macauley
1955 Mother and Son by Ivy Compton-Burnett
1954 The New Men and The Masters (in sequence) by C. P. Snow
1953 Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy
1952 Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh
1951 Father Goose by W. C. Chapman-Mortimer
1950 Along the Valley by Robert Henriquez (out of print)
1949 The Far Cry by Emma Smith
1948 The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
1947 Eustace and Hilda by L. P. Hartley
1946 Poor Man's Tapestry by G. Oliver Onions
1945 Travellers by L. A. G. Strong
1944 Young Tom by Forrest Reid
1943 Tales From Bective Bridge by Mary Lavin
1942 Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en (translation by Arthur Whaley)
1941 A House of Children by Joyce Cary
1940 The Voyage by Charles Morgan
1939 After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley
1938 A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours by C. S. Forester
1937 Highland River by Neil M. Gunn
1936 South Riding by Winifred Holtby
1935 The Root and the Flower by L. H. Myers
1934 I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves
1933 England, Their England by A. G. Macdonell
1932 Boomerang by Helen Simpson
1931 Without My Cloak by Kate O'Brien
1930 Miss Mole by E. H. Young
1929 The Good Companions by J. B. Priestley
1928 Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon
1927 Portrait of Clare by Francis Brett Young
1926 Adam's Breed by Radclyffe Hall
1925 The Informer by Liam O'Flaherty
1924 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
1923 Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett
1922 Lady Into Fox by David Garnett
1921 Memoirs of a Midget by Walter de la Mare
1920 The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence
1919 The Secret City by Hugh Walpole

Which have you read and what did you think? If you've reviewed any of these books, leave a link, I'd love to read it. If you're working on this list too please leave me a link and I'll add you to the post. All literary book award lists I'm following may be found here.

Also working her way through this award list:

Rose City Reader


  1. I'm tired so I skimmed a little, but I think I've only read *two* of those books: The Body Artist by Don Delillo (I hated it) and The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills (enjoyable, but not overly memorable). Oh, wait -- I've read A Passage to India. Loved that one. I have quite a few of those titles on my shelves and while it'll be a long time before I get to the two Hornblower titles, I'm currently reading the first in the series, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is one I hope to read very soon.

    That's a pretty fun list! I'm finding that I'm most drawn to the older titles.

  2. I've read a handful of those (several that you have). Must throw in my LURVE for David Mitchell's books (he has two or three on the list). Amazing! :)



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