The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, worth £5,000, is awarded biennially.

The twenty-fourth Christopher Ewart-Biggs memorial prize has been won by Charles Townshend for his book The Republic: the fight for Irish independence 1918-1923, published by Allen Lane.

The Trust also awarded a special prize, in memory of Seamus Heaney, to the poet Colette Bryce for her book The Whole and Rain-domed-Universe (Picador).

See the 2013 – 2014 shortlist and winners.

‘Work’ is defined broadly. It has been won by works of history, politics, fiction, drama, journalism and memoir. See past winners.

The Prize recognizes work promoting and encouraging:

  • peace and reconciliation in Ireland
  • a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or
  • closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.