The Elizabeth Longford Award for Historical Biography


The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was established in 2003 in affectionate memory of Elizabeth Longford, the acclaimed biographer, and is sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros. This £5,000 prize is awarded annually for a historical biography published in the preceding year.

No unsolicited submissions are accepted.

2017 Prize

The 2017 winner is John Bew for Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee (riverrun/Quercus).  

About Elizabeth Longford

Elizabeth Longford (1906-2002) was born Elizabeth Harman. She married Frank Pakenham, later Earl of Longford, in 1931. For some years a writer for the Daily Express and the Sunday Times, she was also a biographer and historian and continued to write well into her nineties. Her many publications include Victoria, which appeared in 1964, a two-volume biography of Wellington, Churchill, The Queen Mother: A biography, Elizabeth R, and Royal Throne: The Future of the Monarchy, which was published in 1993.

For more information, please visit the ELHB website