Professor Roy Foster
Chair of the Judges
Roy Foster, Chair of the Judges, is Emeritus Professor of Irish History at Oxford and Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He has written biographies of Charles Stewart Parnell, Lord Randolph Churchill and W.B.Yeats, as well as several other books, most recently Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland which won a British Academy Medal and the Forkosch Prize from the American Historical Association.
Chair of the Prize; granddaughter of Elizabeth Longford
Flora Fraser, Chair of the Prize, is the author of five historical biographies, including Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1986) and George & Martha Washington: A Revolutionary Marriage (2015), which won the 2016 George Washington Book Prize.
Lady Antonia Fraser
Chair Emeritus of the Prize; daughter of Elizabeth Longford
Lady Antonia Fraser, CH, DBE, has written many historical biographies, beginning with Mary Queen of Scots in 1969; they include Oliver Cromwell and Marie Antoinette: the Journey. She has also written works of history: among them The Gunpowder Plot and The Weaker Vessel which won the Wolfson Prize. Her most recent book is The King and the Catholics: the Fight for Rights 1829 (2018).
Historian and biographer
Richard Davenport-Hines, a former Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, has written biographies of W. H. Auden, Marcel Proust, John Maynard Keynes, Lady Desborough and King Edward VII.
Professor Rana Mitter
Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Oxford University
Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. His most recent book, China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (Penguin, 2013), won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and was named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He is a regular presenter of the arts and ideas programme Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3 and presented the series Chinese Characters for BBC Radio 4.