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Whitbread Book Award Winners

The Whitbread Book Awards are a prestigious literary prize first awarded in 1971. The exact format of the awards has changed over the years but currently there are 5 categories of prize. Best novel, best first novel, best poetry, best biography and best childrens novel. A short list for each category is drawn up and a panel of judges then decides the winner for each category. The Whitbread Book of the Year is then selected from one of the 5 winners.

To be elegible for a Whitbread book award the author must have been a resident in the UK or Ireland for a period of at least 6 months. So as long as the author fulfills this requirement they can be of any nationality.

2005 Whitbread Book Awards

The individual category winners of the 2005 Whitbread book awards were announced on the 4th of January 2006. The Whitbread book of the Year was announced on the 24th January 2006, where the winner was awarded £25,000 as a prize in addition to the £5,000 awarded previously for winning their category.

Past Winners of the Whitbread Book Awards

Year Whitbread Book of the Year Whitbread Novel Award Whitbread 1st Novel Award Whitbreads Children's Book Award Whitbread Biography Award Whitbread Poetry Award
2005Matisse the Master - Hilary SpurlingThe Accidental - Ali SmithThe Harmony Silk Factory - Tash AwThe New Policeman - Kate ThompsonMatisse the Master - Hilary SpurlingCold Calls - Christopher Logue
2004Small Island - Andrea LevySmall Island - Andrea LevyEve Green - Susan FletcherNot the End of the World - Geraldine McCaughrean My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots - John GuyCorpus - Michael Simmons Roberts
2003The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark HaddonVernon God Little - DBC PierreThe Fire-Eaters - David AlmondOrwell: The Life - DJ TaylorLanding Light - Don Paterson
2002Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self - Claire TomalinSpies - Michael FraynThe Song of Names - Norman LebrechtSaffy’s Angel - Hilary McKaySamuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self - Claire TomalinThe Ice Age - Paul Farley
2001The Amber Spyglass - Philip PullmanTwelve Bar Blues -Patrick NeateSomething Like a House - Sid SmithThe Amber Spyglass - Philip PullmanSelkirk’s Island - Diana SouhamiBunny - Selima Hill
2000English Passengers - Matthew KnealeEnglish Passengers - Matthew KnealeWhite Teeth - Zadie SmithCoram Boy - Jamila GavinBad Blood - Lorna SageThe Asylum Dance - John Burnside
1999Beowulf - Seamus HeaneyMusic and Silence - Rose TremainWhite City Blue - Tim LottHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J K RowlingBerlioz, Volume 2 - David CairnsBeowulf - Seamus Heaney
1998Birthday Letters - Ted HughesLeading the Cheers - Justin CartwrightThe Last King of Scotland - Giles FodenSkellig - David AlmondGeorgiana, Duchess of Devonshire - Amanda ForemanBirthday Letters - Ted Hughes
1997Tales from Ovid - Ted HughesQuarantine - Jim CraceThe Ventriloquist’s Tale - Pauline MelvilleAquila - Andrew NorrissVictor Hugo - Graham RobbTales from Ovid - Ted Hughes
1996The Spirit Level - Seamus HeaneyEvery Man for Himself - Beryl BainbridgeThe Debt to Pleasure - John LanchesterThe Tulip Touch - Anne FineThomas Cranmer: A Life - Diarmaid MacCullochThe Spirit Level - Seamus Heaney
1995Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate AtkinsonThe Moor’s Last Sigh - Salman RushdieBehind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate AtkinsonThe Wreck of the Zanzibar - Michael MorpurgoGladstone - Roy JenkinsGunpowder - Bernard O’Donoghue
1994Felicia's Journey - William TrevorFelicia's Journey - William TrevorThe Longest Memory - Fred D'AguiarGold Dust - Geraldine McCaughreanD H Lawrence: The Married Man - Brenda MaddoxOut of Danger - James Fenton
1993Theory of War - Joan BradyTheory of War - Joan BradySaving Agnes -Rachel CuskFlour Babies - Anne FinePhilip Larkin: A Writer’s Life - Andrew MotionMean Time - Carol Ann Duffy
1992Swing Hammer Swing! - Jeff TorringtonPoor Things - Alasdair GraySwing Hammer Swing! - Jeff TorringtonThe Great Elephant Chase - Gillian CrossTrollope - Victoria GlendinningThe Gaze of the Gorgon - Tony Harrison
1991A Life of Picasso - John RichardsonThe Queen of the Tambourine - Jane GardamAlma Cogan - Gordon BurnHarvey Angell - Diana HendryA Life of Picasso - John RichardsonGorse Fires - Michael Longley
1990Hopeful Monsters - Nicholas MosleyHopeful Monsters - Nicholas MosleyThe Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif KureishiAK - Peter DickinsonA A Milne: His Life - Ann ThwaiteDaddy, Daddy - Paul Durcan
1989Coleridge: Early Visions - Richard HolmesThe Chymical Wedding - Lindsay ClarkeGerontius - James Hamilton-Paterson Why Weeps the Brogan? - Hugh ScottColeridge: Early Visions - Richard HolmesShibboleth - Michael Donaghy
1988The Comforts of Madness - Paul SayerThe Satanic Verses - Salman RushdieThe Comforts of Madness - Paul SayerAwaiting Developments - Judy AllenTolstoy - A N WilsonThe Automatic Oracle - Peter Porter
1987Under the Eye of the Clock - Christopher NolanThe Child in Time - Ian McEwanThe Other Garden - Francis WyndhamA Little Lower than the Angels - Geraldine McCaughreanUnder the Eye of the Clock - Christopher NolanThe Haw Lantern - Seamus Heaney
1986An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo IshiguroAn Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo IshiguroContinent - Jim CraceThe Coal House - Andrew TaylorGilbert White - Richard MabeyStet - Peter Reading
1985Elegies - Douglas Dunn Hawksmoor - Peter AckroydOranges are not the only Fruit - Jeanette WintersonThe Nature of the Beast - Janni HowkerHugh Dalton - Ben PimlottElegies - Douglas Dunn
Year Book of the Year Whitbread Novel Award Whitbread 1st Novel Award Whitbreads Children's Book Award Whitbread Biography Award Short Story Award
1984-Kruger's Alp - Christopher HopeA Parish of Rich Women - James BuchanThe Queen of the Pharisees' Children - Barbara WillardT S Eliot - Peter AckroydTomorrow is our Permanent Address - Diane Rowe
1983-Fools of Fortune - William TrevorFlying to Nowhere - John FullerThe Witches - Roald DahlVita - Victoria Glendinning & King George V - Kenneth Rose -
1982-Young Shoulders - John WainOn the BlackHill - Bruce ChatwinThe Song of Pentecost - W J CorbettBismarck - Edward Crankshaw-
1981-Silver's City - Maurice LeitchA Good Man in Africa - William BoydThe Hollow Land - Jane GardamMonty: The Making of a general - Nigel Hamilton-
1980-How Far Can You Go? - David Lodge-John Diamond - Leon GarfieldOn the Edge of Paradise: A C Benson the Diarist - David Newsome-
1979-The Old Jest - Jennifer Johnston-Tulku - Peter DickinsonAbout Time - Penelope Mortimer-
1978-Picture Palace - Paul Theroux-The Battle of Bubble & Squeak - Philippa PearceLloyd George: The People's Champion - John Grigg-
1977-Injury Time - Beryl Bainbridge-No End to Yesterday Shelagh - Macdonald Mary Curzon - Nigel Nicolson-
1976-The Children of Dynmouth - William Trevor-A Stitch in Time - Penelope LivelyElizabeth Gaskell - Winifred Gerin-
Year Book of the Year Whitbread Novel Award 1st Book Award Whitbreads Children's Book Award Whitbread Biography Award Whitbread Poetry Award
1975-Docherty - William McIlvanneyThe Improbable Puritan: A Life of Bulstrode Whitelock - Ruth Spalding-In Our Infancy - Helen Corke-
1974-The Sacred & Profane Love Machine - Iris MurdochThe Life & Death of Mary Wollstonecraft - Claire TomalinHow Tom Beat Captain Najork & His Hired Sportsmen - Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake & The Emperor's Winding Sheet - Jill Paton Walsh (joint)Poor Dear Brendan - Andrew Boyle-
1973-The Chip Chip Gatherers - Shiva Naipaul-The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Feast - Alan Aldridge & William Plomer CB: A Life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman - John Wilson-
1972-The Bird of Night - Susan Hill-The Diddakoi - Rumer GoddenTrollope - James Pope-Hennessey -
1971-The Destiny Waltz - Gerda Charles--Henrik Ibsen - Michael MeyerMercian Hymns - Geoffrey Hill