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
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.