Mogford Prize

The Prize Book

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Thank you judges


To our eminent judges who so wholeheartedly entered into the spirit of the prize.

Julian Barnes
Dame Mary Berry DBE
Bill Bryson OBE HonFRS
Stephen Fry
Tim Haywood
Mick Herron
Geraldine Holt
Dame Prue Leith DBE
Jeremy Mogford
Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE FRSL FKC
Lawrence Norfolk
Andi Oliver
Lorraine Pascale
Sir Philip Pullman CBE FRSL
Lemn Sissay OBE
Donald Sloan
Rick Stein CBE

... and authors

Jane Cammack (winner, 2018)
Guy Carter (winner, 2014)
Guy Carter (winner, 2015)
Tom Darke (longlist, 2020)
Thomas Mogford (2007)
MZ Pevsner (winner, 2016)
Emma Seaman (winner, 2013)
Ian Shine (shortlist, 2017)
John Simpson (shortlist, 2019)
Finlay Taylor (winner, 2021)
Laura Theis (winner, 2020)
Caitlin Venniker (winner, 2022)
Elisabeth Ingram Wallace (winner, 2019)
Nicky Winder (winner, 2017)
Tahira Yaqoob (shortlist, 2019)

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