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.

2016 Prize

The 2016 winner is Andrew Gailey for The Lost Imperialist - Lord Dufferin, Memory and Mythmaking in an Age of Celebrity. 

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 includeVictoria, 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.