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Lyndall Gordon Shortlisted for the £5 000 Duff Cooper Prize

Lives Like Loaded GunsAlert! Lyndall Gordon, the South African-born-and-raised author who has grown to some literary renown for her biographies of well-known writers, has been shortlisted for the £5 000 Duff Cooper Prize, for her book on Emily Dickinson, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds.

The award, established to recognise “the very best in non-fiction writing”, has been given annually since 1954.

Gordon’s local publisher, Penguin Books, is understandably proud:

Penguin Books is delighted to announce that Lyndall Gordon’s Emily Dickinson biography Lives Like Loaded Guns, has been shortlisted for the 55th Duff Cooper Prize.

The prize has previously been won by writers like William Dalrymple, Anne Applebaum and Adam Hochschild, and the seven strong shortlist for 2010 includes Edmund De Waal’s The Hare With Amber Eyes, Sarah Bakewell’s How To Live and Keith Richards’s Life (!). The prize will be announced at a private party at the French Embassy on 22 February.

The winner of the prize receives, in addition to £5 000, a first-edition copy of Cooper’s autobiography, Old Men Forget.

The 2010 winner will be announced on 22 February. Best of luck to Lyndall Gordon!

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 24th, 2011 @13:53 #

    I really hope she wins.

    I've always thought Emily Dickinson's life would make a great movie. Now I think Lyndall's bio would make a splendid screenplay. Erudite AND entertaining.


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