The James Tait Black Prize is the longest running literary prize in the UK and 2019 marks its centenary year. The Prizes have been presented every year since 1919 and the prize has survived two World Wars, evolving technology, and changing reading habits to become one of the UK’s most illustrious literary awards.
The prize was created in 1918 when Janet Tait Black née Coats, part of the renowned threadmaking family J & P Coats, made provision in her will for the creation of two book prizes, to be awarded annually in memory to her husband, James Tait Black.
The 2019 Shortlist consists of eight books, four in the £10,000 fiction prize, and four in the £10,000 biography line up. Here they are:
Theakston Old Peculier has been the title sponsor of the festival almost from the start back in 2006 and so the award is now in its thirteenth year. Crime remains one of the most popular literary genres, and so here are the six novels that have made the shortlist for 2019, giving you plenty to add to your TBR!
The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, created in 2015 opens a space for these writers, reaches out to them, and awards an annual prize for adventure writing. The shortlist for the Best Published Novel in adventure writing for 2019 has been released and we have that for you now!
The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More