Two books on suffragettes are on the shortlist for this year’s 'Slightly Foxed' Best First Biography Prize.
Sophia, Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand (Bloomsbury), about Indian suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh, joins Lady Constance Lytton – Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr by Lyndsey Jenkins (Biteback), about a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria who disguised herself and took on a false name to fight for rights for women.
Also shortlisted for this year’s prize, which is organised by the Slightly Foxed quarterly, are The Fortunes of Francis Barber by Michael Bundock (Yale), which is about a former slave and his relationship with Dr Samuel Johnson, Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (Canongate), which details the author’s relationship with his father, and Bloomsbury’s Outsider: A Life of David Garnett by Sarah Knights (Bloomsbury), which describes the life of novelist and Bloomsbury set insider "Bunny" Garnett.
The winner of the £3,500 prize will now be chosen by judges Damian Barr, Fiona MacCarthy, and James Naughtie before being announced at the Biographers’ Club Prize Dinner at the National Liberal Club on 4th November.
Last year, the winner of the 2014 prize was Claudia Renton’s book about the influential Wyndham sisters, Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power (Collins).