WH Smith Literary Award

WH Smith Literary Award

The WH Smith Literary Award is an award founded in 1959 by British high street retailer W H Smith. It founding aim was stated to be to "encourage and bring international esteem to authors of the British Commonwealth"; originally open to all residents of the UK, the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, it now admits foreign works in translation and works by US authors, with Americans (Philip Roth, Donna Tartt and Richard Powers) dominating the awards recently.

Previous winners

1959 Patrick White, "Voss"
1960 Laurie Lee, "Cider With Rosie"
1961 Nadine Gordimer, "Friday's Footprint"
1962 J. R. Ackerley, "We Think the World of You"
1963 Gabriel Fielding, "The Birthday King"
1964 Ernst H. Gombrich, "Meditations on a Hobby-Horse"
1965 Leonard Woolf, "Beginning Again"
1966 R. C. Hutchinson, "A Child Possessed"
1967 Jean Rhys, "Wide Sargasso Sea"
1968 V. S. Naipaul, "The Mimic Men"
1969 Robert Gittings, "John Keats"
1970 John Fowles, "The French Lieutenant's Woman"
1971 Nan Fairbrother, "New Lives, New Landscapes"
1972 Kathleen Raine, "The Lost Country"
1973 Brian Moore, "Catholics"
1974 Anthony Powell, "Temporary Kings"
1975 Jon Stallworthy, "Wilfred Owen"
1976 Seamus Heaney, "North"
1977 Ronald Lewin, ""
1978 Patrick Leigh Fermor, "A Time of Gifts"
1979 Mark Girouard, "Life in the English Country House"
1980 Thom Gunn, "Selected Poems 1959-1975"
1981 Isabel Colegate, "The Shooting Party"
1982 George Clare, "Last Waltz in Vienna"
1983 A. N. Wilson, "Wise Virgin"
1984 Philip Larkin, "Required Writing"
1985 David Hughes, "The Pork Butcher"
1986 Doris Lessing, "The Good Terrorist"
1987 Elizabeth Jennings, "Collected Poems 1953-1985"
1988 Robert Hughes, "The Fatal Shore"
1989 Christopher Hill, ""
1990 V. S. Pritchett, "A Careless Widow and Other Stories"
1991 Derek Walcott, "Omeros"
1992 Thomas Pakenham, "The Scramble for Africa "
1993 Michèle Roberts, "Daughters of the House"
1994 Vikram Seth, "A Suitable Boy"
1995 Alice Munro, "Open Secrets"
1996 Simon Schama, "Landscape and Memory"
1997 Orlando Figes, "A People's Tragedy - The Russian Revolution"
1998 Ted Hughes, "Tales From Ovid "
1999 Beryl Bainbridge, "Master Georgie"
2000 Melvyn Bragg, "The Soldier's Return"
2001 Philip Roth, "The Human Stain"
2002 Ian McEwan, "Atonement"
2003 Donna Tartt, "The Little Friend"
2004 Richard Powers, "The Time of Our Singing"
2005 Philip Roth, "The Plot Against America"
2006 J. K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

External links

* [http://www.whsmithplc.com/grp/WHSmithLiteraryAward2005.htm Announcement of the 2005 award ceremony]
* [http://www.whsmith.co.uk WHSmith's Official site ]

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