Strong showing for Faber on First Biography Prize shortlist

Faber has scored three of the shortlisted titles for the £5,000 HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize, with books from Bloomsbury, Northumbria Press and Yale University Press making up the rest of the selection.

From a record entry of 68 titles, the shortlist is made up of: The Children of Lovers: A Memoir of William Golding by His Daughter by Judy Golding; Catherine of Aragon: Henry's Spanish Queen by Giles Tremlett; and Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis, all published by Faber, as well as Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (Bloomsbury); William Armstrong: Magician of the North by Henrietta Heald (Northumbria University), and Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon by Nigel Smith (Yale University Press).

This year's judges for the prize, administered by the Biographers' Club, are author Anne Sebba, author and journalist Nicholas Clee and Michael Prodger, former literary editor of the Sunday Telegraph. The winner will be announced on 25th October at the prize dinner at the Oriental Club in central London. Biographer Victoria Glendinning will give the after-dinner speech.