Winners of James Tait Black prizes announced

Sally Magnusson announced winners Picture. Jane Barlow

Sally Magnusson announced winners Picture. Jane Barlow

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A novel inspired by the daily toil of a shepherdess and a biography of a Booker prize-winning novelist are the winners of Britain’s oldest literary awards.

Author Jim Crace and biographer Professor Dame Hermione Lee have joined the list of writers who have won the James Tait Black Prizes, announced last night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

DH Lawrence, Graham Greene, Angela Carter and Ian McEwan are among the past winners of the prizes, which have been awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh since 1919.

The winners of the £10,000 prizes were announced by broadcaster Sally Magnusson.

Two prizes are awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh for books published during the previous year - one for the best work of fiction and the other for the best biograph