Previous winners of the Best First Biography Prize, now known as the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize:

  • 2009 Roland Chambers for The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome (Faber)
  • 2010 Wendy Moffatt for E.M. Forster: A New Life (Bloomsbury)
  • 2011 Matthew Hollis for Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber)
  • 2012 Thomas Penn for Winter King (Penguin)
  • 2013 Charles Moore for Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography Volume One: Not for Turning (Allen Lane)
  • 2014 Claudia Renton for Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power (HarperCollins)
  • 2015 Alan Cumming for Not My Father’s Son (Canongate)
  • 2016 Hisham Matar for The Return – Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Viking)
  • 2017 Edmund Gordon for The Invention of Angela Carter (Chatto & Windus)