Rathbones Folio Prize Readings

Tuesday May 23rd at The British Library 19:30 – 21:00 On the eve of the Rathbones Folio Prize awards ceremony, join us for a dynamic evening of readings and talks featuring three of our shortlisted authors and the judges. The evening will be compered by author,...

2017 Prize Shortlist Announced

In the first year of the Folio Prize’s relaunch as the Rathbones Folio Prize – which is now no longer for fiction alone, but for the best work of literature, regardless of form, published in a given year – the three judges, Ahdaf Soueif (chair), Lucy Hughes-Hallett...

The Vanishing Man

The Vanishing Man Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus) In 1845, a bookseller attending a country house auction bought a dirt-blackened portrait and, convinced that it was a long-lost Velazquez, set out to discover its strange history – a quest that led him from fame...

The Return

The Return Hisham Matar (Viking) 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...

This Census Taker

This Census-Taker China Miéville (Picador) In a remote house on a hilltop, a boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He tries – and fails – to flee. Alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below,...