Catherine Rundell has received the £50,000 Bailey Gifford Prize for Fiction for her ebook in regards to the poet John Donne, described by the judges as a “wonderful celebration” of his work and life.
Rundell, finest recognized for his youngsters’s books, wrote Tremendous Infinite: The Transformation of John Donne, which spanned 10 years and three novels. It chronicles the myriad lives of Donne, who, along with being a well-known poet, was a jurist, maritime adventurer, MP, priest and, throughout his lifetime, dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Chair of the judges Caroline Sanderson stated she and her fellow judges had been unanimous on the Tremendous-Infinite because the winner. “Impressively shot, we had been all seduced by its ardour, playfulness and glowing prose,” he stated. “Rundell makes a compelling case for Donne’s work being broadly learn 400 years later, for all its electrical pleasure and love. And so it offers us numerous explanation why poetry—why artwork—is vital.”
Sanderson was joined on the judging panel by writer and science journalist Laura Spinney; Observer critic and author Rachel Prepare dinner; BBC journalist and presenter Clive Maire; author and New Yorker author Samantha Subramanian and critic and broadcaster Georgina Godwin.
Sanderson referred to as Rundell’s writing “completely fantastic” and added: “It is fascinating that Katherine Rundell is an award-winning youngsters’s author as a result of she has a playfulness in her language and a capability to create actually concrete imagery, which I feel is a part of the craft. was a particular youngsters’s author.
Rundell is a scholar at All Souls School, Oxford, engaged on Renaissance literature. Her 2013 youngsters’s ebook Rooftoppers received the Waterstones Youngsters’s E-book Award, and her novel The Explorer received the Costa Youngsters’s E-book Award.
In 2022, in addition to Tremendous-Infinite, two extra Rundell books had been printed: The Golden Mole: And Different Dwelling Treasures, a set in regards to the lives of Earth’s strangest animals illustrated by Talia Baldwin, and the kids’s image ebook The Zebra’s Nice Escape, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie .
Reviewing Tremendous-Infinite within the Guardian, Lara Feigel stated that the gaps in Rundell Donne’s biography “encourage imaginative hypothesis”. He added: “To learn Donne is to grapple with an everlasting imaginative and prescient unusually reborn within the right here and now, and Rundell retains this imaginative and prescient alive with all his energy, eloquence and marvel.”
Tremendous-Infinite was one among 5 books shortlisted by ladies this yr. The others are Caroline Elkins’ Legacy of Violence: A Historical past of the British Empire; Sally Hayden’s My Fourth Time, We’re Drowning; “The Stressed Republic: Britain With no Crown” by Anna Key; and A Completely happy Lady: The Story of a Nation Physician by Polly Morland. The sixth ebook is Jonathan Friedland’s The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World.
Final yr’s winner, Patrick Redden Keefe, investigated the Sackler household and its position within the opioid disaster for Empire Strikes Again.