The £2,500 PEN/Ackerley Prize has been awarded to Duncan Fallowell for How to Disappear published by Ditto Press. He fought off competition from an exceptionally strong and diverse shortlist that included Sherard Cowper-Coles, Brian Sewell, Roger Garfitt and Mirabel Osler. This is Britain’s only literary prize dedicated to memoir and autobiography – established in memory of JR Ackerley, the author and literary editor.
Peter Parker, chair of the judges said: ‘Duncan Fallowell’s How to Disappear is a subtle, beautifully written and often very funny example of autobiography by stealth. The fact that this book, having been turned down by numerous major publishers, was taken up by a small independent company is particularly heartening in the current climate.’