An “unconventional” has won the biography of Princess Margaret, one of the top prizes in the UK’s longest-running literary awards.
Craig Brown was awarded the Darling with the James Tait Black biography prize for Ma – which combines interviews, parodies and essays.
His history of the Queen’s sister said to paint a “funny” picture of royal life.
The James Tait Black prize for fiction went to Eley Williams.
Her work is a series of experimental short stories – with word-joke, forgotten words and hidden meanings – under the title Attrib. and Other stories.
The James Tait Black prizes were founded in 1919 by Janet coats, the widow of publisher James Tait Black.
You are awarded each year by the University of Edinburgh.
Biography of judge Dr. Jonathan Wild, said: “Craig Brown has an amazing mix of materials that work together to produce a biography that is both profound and extremely entertaining.”
Comment on Eley Williams’ work, fiction judge Dr Alex added Lawrie: “This is a series of short stories: experimental in the best way to notice possible the articulation of moments of intense intimacy with a stunning freshness and clarity.”