Hawthornden Prize

The Hawthornden Prize is a British literary award that was established in 1919 by Alice Warrender. It is funded by a trust bequeathed by her. Authors under the age of 41 are awarded on the quality of their "imaginative literature" which can be written in either poetry or prose. The Hawthornden Committee awards the Prize annually for a work published in the previous twelve months.

 

1989 selection

The Complete Talking Heads

Hawthornden Prize 1989

by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett's award-winning series of solo pieces is a classic of contemporary drama, universally hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity. In Bed Among the Lentils, a vicar's...


1979 selection

Kindergarten

Hawthornden Prize 1979

by Peter Rushforth

In a moving retelling of Hansel and Gretel, a woman is murdered during a terrorist attack, leaving her three sons in the care of their grandmother, Lilli. As the four prepare to celebrate Christmas without her,...


1977 selection

In Patagonia

Hawthornden Prize 1977

by Bruce Chatwin

The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight

 

An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s...


1928 selection

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1928, Hawthornden Prize 1928

by , Siegfried Sassoon

Originally published in 1928, 'Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man' by Siegfried Sassoon is the ever-popular novel featuring the young 'George Sherston', whom we follow through a series of frequently humorous stories...


1923 selection

Lady into Fox

Hawthornden Prize 1923

by David Garnett & R.A. Garnett

A beloved wife is unaccountably transformed into a fox in this modern folktale. Humor, fantasy, allegory, and realism combine in a portrait of a husband's devotion and a woman's struggle to maintain her humanity....