Congratulations to Liz Berry, author of ‘The Home Child’

The Writers’ Prize Book of the Year 2024

On accepting the £32,000 Prize from former Rathbones Folio Prize winner Hisham Matar, Liz said:

“When I was writing The Home Child, I liked to imagine that I was reaching back through time – to be able to hold the children in the story very tenderly, as tenderly as I might hold my own sons.

Every day children cross our borders, and children fall through gaps in systems which are so underfunded. We’ve got to do our best, as writers and readers and humans, to welcome them, and protect them, and fight for their rights. Because if poetry and books teach us anything – it’s that everyone’s life is precious and everyone’s children are our children.”

Fiction

CATEGORY WINNER: The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright

The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

The Fraud by Zadie Smith

Non-Fiction

CATEGORY WINNER: Thunderclap by Laura Cumming

Doppelganger by Naomi Klein

A Thread of Violence by Mark O’Connell

Poetry

Self-Portrait as Othello by Jason Allen-Paisant

CATEGORY WINNER / BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Home Child by Liz Berry

Bright Fear by Mary Jean Chan

Shortlisted for The Writers’ Prize 2024

The Folio Academy judges The Writers’ Prize. The Category Winners and the overall Book of the Year were announced at London Book Fair on 13th March 2024.