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The London Library was proud to support this year’s Hawthornden Prize with the awards event taking place in The London Library’s Reading room on 22nd July 2015.

The award was founded in 1919 to reward works of “imaginative literature”, and this year the judging committee of writers, critics and academics was unanimous in its decision to give the prize to ColmTóibín for his novel Nora Webster, recording the life of a single mother in County Wexford in the late 1960s.

Among the guests gathering in the Library to celebrate Colm Tóibín’s success were Barry Humphries, Alan Hollinghurst, Andrew O’Hagan, London Library President Sir Tom Stoppard, and Vice-President Lady Antonia Fraser.

"ALMOST EVERY SENTENCE I HAVE WRITTEN HAS BEEN COMPOSED HERE"

John Julius Norwich

 

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