We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Meades has been shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Ackerley Prize for An Encyclopaedia of Myself.
The critically acclaimed literary memoir, which Caroline Jackson of Country Life described as "Pathologically observant, [...] the most brilliant, bracing but hairshirtless social history of mid-20th century provincial England that I have yet and, likely, will ever read" was announced as having reached the shortlist last night (8/6).
The full shortlist of titles for the 2015 PEN Ackerley Prize for memoir and life writing are:
Patrick McGuinness, Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory (Jonathan Cape)
Henry Marsh, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Jonathan Meades, Encyclopaedia of Myself (4th Estate)
Bart Moore-Gilbert, The Setting Sun: A Memoir of Empire and Family Secrets (Verso)
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 historian and biographer Richard Davenport-Hines. The winner receives a cheque for £2,500.
The winner will be announced on Monday 29 June at the English PEN Summer Party.