St Anne’s alumnus, biographer and critic Mark Bostridge, has won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2009 with his biography Florence Nightingale – The Woman and Her Legend (Viking).
Mark Bostrige read Modern History at St Anne’s from 1979-1884. A contributor to many newspapers and periodicals including the TLS, Independent on Sunday, Guardian and Sunday Times, his first book Vera Brittain: A Life (Chatto, 1995), was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award, the NCR Non-Fiction Prize and the Fawcett Prize. Other books include Because You Died (Virago, 2008) a selection of Vera Brittain’s First World War poetry and prose and Lives for Sale: Biographers’ Tales (Continuum, 2005).
The judges - Lady Antonia Fraser, Flora Fraser, A N Wilson, Andrew Roberts and Professor Roy Foster - commended a "remarkable biography" that not "only creates a memorable portrait of a tremendous historical figure, but supplies an important commentary on central aspects of the Victorian age such as the history of public health, the development of women's careers and the construction of celebrity. There could be no more apposite winner for the Elizabeth Longford Historical Biography prize."
The Prize will be presented on Thursday 18 June at the Society of Authors annual awards party in London.