This year’s Rathbones Folio judges and mentors recommend books that, in one way or another, lift their spirits, at the end of a year in which all our spirits have sometimes needed lifting…
On 22 November 2017, Jim Crace, Kate Summerscale and Nikesh Shukla were announced as the judges of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize
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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The Academy will play a decisive role in selecting titles to be considered for the shortlist, and each year…
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
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.