Self-published writer in line for PEN/Ackerley

<p>Self-published psychotherapist Jane Haynes has been shortlisted for the autobiography award the PEN/Ackerley Prize, alongside Ed Husain and John Lanchester. Jonathan Heawood, director of English PEN, said the inclusion of Haynes&#39; book--which was also published as an e-book--reflected &quot;the changes in contemporary publishing&quot;. Heawood added: &quot;This shortlist could only belong to the PEN/Ackerley Prize, which is unique in its focus on memoir and autobiography; fierce in its literary judgement; and colourful in its taste. The prize is true to its roots, whilst reflecting the changes in contemporary publishing.&quot;</p><p>The full list includes Ed Husain&#39;s controversial account of his involvement in radical fundamentalism in <em>The Islamist</em>; Miranda Seymour&#39;s memoir of her father&#39;s misplaced love, <em>In My Father&#39;s House</em>; Dannie Abse&#39;s memoir of his 50-year marriage, <em>The Presence</em>; John Lanchester&#39;s investigation of family secrets, <em>Family Romance</em>; and the journal of a psychotherapist, <em>Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?</em> by Jane Haynes.</p><p>The PEN/Ackerley Prize is judged by Michael Holroyd, Francis King, Peter Parker (chair) and Colin Spencer. The winner receives a cheque for &pound;1,000. The winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize will be announced at a special ceremony at the Guardian Newsroom at 7pm on June 10th.</p><p>Past winners include Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Jenny Diski, Barry Humphries, Blake Morrison and Lorna Sage.<br /> <br />The shortlist is composed of the following books:<br /><br /><em>The Presence</em> by Dannie Abse (Hutchinson)<br /><em>Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am? </em>by Jane Haynes (<a href="http://www.intheconsultingroom.com" target="_blank" title="http://www.intheconsultingroom.com">www.intheconsultingroom.com</a>)<br /><em>The Islamist</em> by Ed Husain (Penguin)<br /><em>Family Romance</em> by John Lanchester (Faber)<br /><em>In My Father&rsquo;s House</em> by Miranda Seymour (Simon &amp; Schuster)</p>