John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

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  • The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize is a British based literary prize.
  • It was established in 1942 by Jane Oliver to commemorate her late husband John Llewellyn Rhys, a young author who had been killed in the Second World War.
  • It is presented for the best work of literature from Britain or the Commonwealth written by an author under 35.
  • Since 2003 the prize has been run by Booktrust, an independent educational charity.
  • Zadie Smith`s White Teeth was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 2002.



  • Sarah Hall, The Carhullan Army (2007)


  • Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey (Atlantic)
  • Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna (Faber)
  • The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane (Granta)
  • Gwendoline Riley, Joshua Spassky (2007) (Jonathan Cape)
  • Occupational Hazards by Rory Stewart (Picador)


  • Suzi Feay Literary: Editor of the Independent on Sunday (Chair of Judges)
  • Peter Hobbs: author
  • Michèle Roberts: author and poet