2019 Shortlist

Announced 18th April 2019

‘The shortlist of the 2019 Elizabeth Longford Historical Biography Prize highlights new perspectives on four people who changed the life of their country. Julian Jackson’s Life of Charles de Gaulle is a masterly delineation of a ruler who epitomised France as powerfully as Louis XIV or Napoleon; Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Thomas Cromwell illuminates the man who did more than anyone else  to establish Henry VIII’s new state; Andrew Roberts’s Winston Churchill takes a new look at a controversial titan who who unexpectedly came to represent England at a dark hour; and Jeffrey Stewart’s Alain Locke reveals an ignored chapter of Black American history through an extraordinary figure who crossed all manner of boundaries in  an exemplary twentieth-century life. These biographies demonstrate how four remarkable people not only made their own history, but sensed the zeitgeist and came to personify it – which is exactly the kind of insight provided by the work of Elizabeth Longford, whom this Prize commemorates.’

Professor Roy Foster, Chair of Judges