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24 September 2017

The Outrun wins the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017

6 July 2017

The Outrun by Scottish writer Amy Liptrot (Canongate) has won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 for memoir and life writing. The writer received her award at a ceremony in London on 5 July 2017.

The three titles shortlisted for this year's award were:

The PEN Ackerley Prize was established in memory of Joe Randolph Ackerley (1896-1967), the author and long-time literary editor of The Listener magazine. The prize is awarded annually to a literary autobiography of outstanding merit, written by an author of British nationality and published in the UK in the previous year.

The PEN Ackerley prize was judged by biographer and historian Peter Parker (chair), writer and painter Colin Spencer, author Georgina Hammick and writer and critic Claire Harman. The winner received a cheque for £3,000.

The Outrun is published by Edinburgh-based Canongate Books. It won the 2016 Wainwright Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 Wellcome Prize and 2017 Ondaatje Prize as well as being a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.