Lara Pawson shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017

We're so pleased to share that Lara Pawson's This Is The Place to Be (CB Editions) has been shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017, a prize for memoir and life writing.

The PEN Ackerley Prize was established in memory of Joe Randolph Ackerley (1896-1967), the author and long-time literary editor of The Listener magazine. The prize is awarded annually to a literary autobiography of outstanding merit, written by an author of British nationality and published in the UK in the previous year. The PEN Ackerley prize is judged by biographer and historian Peter Parker (chair), writer and painter Colin Spencer, author Georgina Hammick and writer and critic Claire Harman. The winner receives a cheque for £3,000.

Peter Parker, chair of judges, said:

The judges called in 36 books published in 2016, from which they drew up an extremely varied longlist of eight titles. Although the Prize is open to British writers only, we travelled long distances with our authors, visiting amongst other places the Soviet Union, Libya, the Orkneys, New York, Jamaica, and Angola and Vietnam during the wars there. And that was only for the longlist.

We ended up, unusually, with an all-women shortlist – three compelling, fearlessly honest and wonderfully written books.

Lara shares the shortlist with Amy Liptrot's The Outrun (Canongate) and Decca Aitkenhead's All at Sea (4th Estate).

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at a special prize event at the Free Word Centre. Congratulations Lara!