• 1999 Michael Holroyd and Nigel Hamilton
  • 2000 Victoria Glendinning, Richard Holmes and Frances Spalding
  • 2001 Anne de Courcy, Selina Hastings and Alan Judd
  • 2002 Anthony Sampson, Mary Lovell and Lyndall Gordon
  • 2003 Sarah Bradford, Lucy Moore and Mary Amory
  • 2004 David Ellis, Anne Chisholm and Anna Swan
  • 2005 Miranda Seymour, Robert Lacey and Caroline Morehead
  • 2006 HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Jeremy Lewis and Paul Laity
  • 2007 Rachel Holmes, Anne Sebba and Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson
  • 2008: Nicola Beauman, Richard Davenport-Hines and Andrew Crofts
  • 2009: Margaret Drabble, Anne de Courcy and John Guy
  • 2010: Kate Williams, Matthew Parris and Benjamin Buchan