Blackburn wins PEN/Ackerley Prize

<p>Julia Blackburn has won the &pound;1,000 PEN/Ackerley Prize for her memoir <em>The Three of Us </em>(Cape).<br /><br />She beat fellow Cape author Julian Barnes&rsquo; <em>Nothing to be Frightened Of,</em> plus Susie Boyt&rsquo;s <em>My Judy Garland Life </em>(Virago),<em> Cold Cream</em> by Ferdinand Mount (Bloomsbury) and Sathnam Sanghera&#39;a T<em>he Boy with the &nbsp;Topknot </em>(originally published as <em>If You Don&rsquo;t Know Me By &nbsp;Now)</em> (Penguin).<br /><br />The PEN/Ackerley prize for memoir and autobiography was set up in the memory of Joe Randolph Ackerley, author and editor of <em>The Listener.</em> It rewards &quot;a literary autobiography of excellence, written by an author of British nationality and published during the preceding year, for which it is felt that J R Ackerley would have expressed enthusiasm&quot;.<br /><br />The awards ceremony, which included a discussion by previous winners Diana Athill, Dan Jacobson and Miranda Seymour, took place last night (13th July) at Foyles bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London.<br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>