Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla and Kate Summerscale to judge the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018

On 22 November 2017, Jim Crace, Kate Summerscale and Nikesh Shukla were announced as the judges of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize

Mentors Announced: Rathbones Folio Mentorships

We are delighted to announce the four mentors of the first Rathbones Folio Mentorships: AL Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie, Ross Raisin, and Evie Wyld

Hisham Matar, winner of the 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize

The Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017

The Rathbones Folio Prize 2017, worth £20,000, was awarded to Hisham Matar for his memoir ‘The Return’, at a ceremony at the British Library.

Rathbones Folio Prize 2017 Award Ceremony Photos

Held in the magnificent main foyer of the British Library, the Rathbones Folio Prize Award Ceremony welcomed over 350 guests, the shortlisted authors and judges

2017 Rathbones Folio Prize Winner Announced

The 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize was awarded by chair of judges Ahdaf Soueif to Hisham Matar for his memoir ‘The Return’, on May 24th at a ceremony at the British Library.

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About The Academy

The character and qualities of the prize are shaped by The Folio Prize Academy, an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, who are immersed in the world of books.

The Academy will play a decisive role in selecting titles to be considered for the shortlist, and each year…

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Key Dates


27 March: Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 shortlist announcement

7 May: Rathbones Folio Sessions at the British Library

8 May: Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 award ceremony and winner announcement

24 May: Nikesh Shukla in conversation with the winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize, at The Bath Festival 

26 May: Kate Summerscale in conversation with the winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize at Hay Festival


Rathbones Folio Prize 2017 Winner

Hisham Matar – The Return (Viking)

Hisham Matar has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Rathbones Folio Prize.

Matar received the award for The Return; Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, a powerful memoir of his search, both physical and psychological, for his missing father.

Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was imprisoned in Libya, never to be seen again. Twenty-two years later, the fall of Gaddafi meant he was finally able to return home.

This deeply poignant memoir is a quest for truth, a portrait of a nation subjected to absolute power, and above all, a universal tale of loss and the impossibility of living in the face of a loved one’s uncertain fate.

See the full press release here.

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