Previous winners of the Biographers’ Club Prize (now the Tony Lothian Prize):

  • 1999 Lucy Jago – The Northern Lights (Hamish Hamilton, 2001)
  • 2000 Adrienne Gavin – Dark Horse: A Life of Anna Sewell (Sutton, 2004)
  • 2001 Adrian Fort – Prof: The Life & Times of Frederick Lindemann (Cape, 2003)
  • 2002 Anna Swan – Statues without Shadows (Hodder, 2005)
  • 2003 Richard Adams – The Life and Loves of John Stuart Mill
  • 2004 Linda Porter – Josephine’’s Enemies (Linda went on to publish Mary Tudor: The First Queen, Piatkus, and Katherine the Queen, Macmillan) 
  • 2005 No prize awarded
  • 2006 (joint winners) Birna Helgadottir – The Celebrated Misses Gunning
    Helen Smith – Edward Garnett: The Uncommon Reader (forthcoming, Cape and Farrar, Straus)
  • 2007 Clare Mulley – The Woman Who Saved the Children: Eglantyne Jebb (Oneworld, 2009)
  • 2008 Michael Bundock – In Search of Francis Barber  (Yale, 2015)
  • 2009 Harriet Tuckey – Everest, the First Ascent: The Untold Story of Griffith Pugh (Rider/Random House, 2013)
  • 2010 Matt Cox – White Lies, Black Magic: Prince Monolulu
  • 2011 Jane Gordon-Cumming – The American Heiress and the Scottish Rake: The True Story of the Royal Baccarat Scandal
  • 2012 Jane Willis – Marguerite, Byron and the Literary Factory
  • 2013 Elaine Thornton – Amalia Beer: A Prussian-Jewish Life
  • 2014 Polly Clark – Thank You So Much for Writing
  • 2015 Francesca Wade – Square Haunting (signed by Faber)
  • 2016 Sarah Watling – Noble Savages (since signed by Jonathan Cape)
  • 2017 John Woolf – Queen Victoria’s Freaks – The Performers at Buckingham Palace (since signed up by Michael O’Mara Books) – to be published in autumn 2018 as Peerless Prodigies: Freaks, Circuses and the extraordinary World of P.T. Barnum.

Many shortlisted writers also went on to be published, including Jessie Childs for Henry VIII’s Last Victim (Cape), which won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography; John Higgs’s I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary (Barricade Books); Matthew Dennison’s The Last Princess (Orion); Pauline Halford’s Storm Warning (Sutton); Philip Eade’s Sylvia: Queen of the Headhunters (Orion); Philippa Bernard’s No End to Snowdrops: Kathleen Raine (Shepheard-Walwyn); Katie Waldegrave’s In the Light of His Sunset: Poets’ Daughters (forthcoming, Hutchinson); Chris Laoutaris’s The Queen’s Soldier: The Life and Wars of Elizabeth Russell (forthcoming, Penguin); Will Robinson’s Muckraker: The Scandalous Life and Times of W.T. Stead (The Robson Press); Louise Miller’s A Fine Brother: The Life of Captain Flora Sandes (Alma Books); Linda Randall’s Effie Gray: Fair Maid of Perth (Melrose Books); Vivien Whelpton’s Richard Aldington, Poet, Soldier and Lover: The Years 1911-1929 (forthcoming, Lutterworth Press); Catherine Hewitt, Valtese de la Bigne (Icon); Christine Corton’s London Fog: A Biography (Harvard University Press).