James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction

 

2015 selection

You Don't Have to Live Like This

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2015

by Benjamin Markovits

A frighteningly prescient novel of today’s America—one man’s story of a racially charged real estate experiment in Detroit, Michigan.

“You get in the habit of living a certain kind of life, you keep going...


2014 selection

In the Light of What We Know

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2014

by Zia Haider Rahman

A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century

One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his...


2011 selection

You & Me

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2011

by Padgett Powell

Padgett Powell, author of the acclaimed The Interrogative Mood and “one of the few truly important American writers of our time” (Sam Lipsyte), returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett’s...


2010 selection

The Lotus Eaters

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2010

by Tatjana Soli

A New York Times Best Seller! A New York Times Notable Book!

A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself...


2002 selection

The Corrections

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2002, National Book Award for Fiction 2001

by Jonathan Franzen

Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction

Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

An American Library Association Notable Book

Jonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great work...


1990 selection

Brazzaville Beach: A Novel

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1990

by William Boyd

“Utterly engaging….A novel of ideas, of big themes….William Boyd is a champion storyteller.” - New York Times Book Review

William Boyd’s classic Brazzaville Beach has been called as a “bold seamless...


1984 selection

Empire of the Sun

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1984

by J. G. Ballard

The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China.

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he...


1939 selection

After Many a Summer Dies the Swan: A Novel

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1939

by Aldous Huxley

A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live...


1923 selection

Riceyman Steps

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1923

by Arnold Bennett

The story takes place in 1919-1920 and deals with the final year in the life of its main character, Henry Earlforward, a miser, who keeps a second-hand bookshop in the Clerkenwell area of London. Henry marries...

1920 selection

The Lost Girl

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1920

by David Herbert Lawrence

Alvina Houghton, the daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s proper upbringing,...

1919 selection

The Secret City