The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize awards £2,500 to the judges’ choice for the best first biography published each year. 2017 is the fourth year of sponsorship of the Prize by literary quarterly Slightly Foxed. For further information, go to the Slightly Foxed website.

The judges for the 2017 Prize are Caroline Moorehead, Ian Kelly and Sam Leith. Caroline Moorehead has written biographies of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn and is currently at work on a quartet about resistance in France and Italy during WW2. The third volume, A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the fight against fascism, is published on June 15. Ian Kelly is an actor, and author of lives of Beau Brummell, Casanova, and Samuel Foote: his prize-winning Mr Foote’s Other Leg; Comedy, Tragedy and Murder in Georgian England was adapted for the stage with great success. Sam Leith is Literary Editor of the Spectator.

To view the 2016 shortlist, please click here.