Literary prize nominations are revealed

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SHORTLISTS for Edinburgh University’s annual literary awards have been announced.

American historian Manning Marable, who died days before his biography of Malcolm X was published, has been shortlisted for the biography award.

Marable is up against Ben Jonson: A Life by Ian Donaldson, The Last Pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination by Fiona MacCarthy, and Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life by Susie Harries.

In the fiction category, AD Miller is listed for debut novel Snowdrops, while Solace by Belinda McKeon, You and I by Padgett Powell and There But For The by Ali Smith, are also in the running.

Winners of each of the two James Tait Black Prizes, Britain’s oldest literary awards, receive £10,000. Winning entries will be announced as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.