Mark Bostridge has won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2009 with his biography Florence Nightingale The Woman and Her Legend (Viking). 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.'
A contributor to many newspapers and periodicals, Bostridge is the author of books including Vera Brittain: A Life (Chatto, 1995), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award, the NCR Non-Fiction Prize and the Fawcett Prize, and Because You Died (Virago, 2008) a selection of Vera Brittain's First World War poetry and prose.
The £5,000 Prize will be presented by Lady Antonia Fraser on Thursday 18 June at the Society of Authors annual awards party, at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Piccadilly. Other prizes administered by the Society will be introduced by Margaret Drabble and presented by Sebastian Faulks.