Wolfson History Prize

The Wolfson History Prize is awarded annually to promote and encourage standards of excellence in the writing of history for the general public. First awarded in 1972, it remain a beacon of the best historical writing being produced in the UK, reflecting qualities of both readability and excellence in writing and research.

In previous years, prizes have been given to two exceptional historical works published during the previous year. In 2017, for the first time, the judges will announce a shortlist of six books in early April, followed by a reception at Claridge’s in mid-May when one overall winner will be revealed.

The winning author will now receive a prize of £40,000 – an increase from £30,000 in 2016 – with the five remaining shortlisted writers being awarded a prize of £4,000 each.