James Tait Black Memorial Prize

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  • The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are Scotland's most prestigious and the U.K.'s oldest literary awards. The prizes have achieved an international reputation for their recognition of literary excellence in biography and fiction.
  • Awarded since 1919, previous Fiction prizewinners include D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Graham Greene, George Mackay Brown, James Kelman and William Boyd. Among past recipients of the Biography prize are Lytton Strachey, John Buchan, Lady Antonia Fraser, and Quentin Bell.
  • Based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the prizes were founded by Mrs Janet Coutts Black in memory of her late husband, James Tait Black, a partner in the publishing house of A & C Black Ltd.
  • The two prizes, each of £10,000, are awarded annually. Publishers are invited to submit a copy of any work of fiction or biography which they judge may be considered for the award. Books other than those submitted will also be considered, but submission substantially improves the chance of success.
  • In accordance with the wishes of the founder, eligible works of fiction and biographies are those written in English, and first published or co-published in the United Kingdom during the calendar year of the award (January 1st to December 31st). The nationality of the writer is irrelevant. Both prizes may go to the same author, but neither to the same author a second time.
  • In 2000 Zadie Smith was given the Fiction Award for White Teeth.



  • Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)


  • Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock (2006)
  • Sarah Waters, The Night Watch (2006)
  • Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
  • James Lasdun, Seven Lies (2006)
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
  • Ray Robinson, Electricity (2006)



Karina Woortmann 10:53, 3 December 2007 (CET)