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The 60th Pol Roger-Duff Cooper Prize was won by Ian Bostridge, author of Schubert’s Winter Journey. Artemis Cooper announced the winner  and described the book as ‘not only a beautiful and complex meditation on a great work of art; it also describes the experience of singing the Winterreise – both what you bring to a piece, and what you take away’.

In praising Bostridge, the Ambassador said: “Thanks to the legacy of the great British diplomat Duff Cooper, we are gathered tonight for a prize to be handed over by a French ambassador, to a British interpreter of songs written by a composer in Vienna, to the words of a German poet, for a book published here in the UK by Faber & Faber, and soon to be translated into Dutch, Italian, and Spanish.’

Among the many guests at the Ambassador’s Residence in Kensington was HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Duff Cooper’s son John Julius Norwich, M. Laurent d’Harcourt, President du Directoire of Pol Roger et Cie, and many leading authors: Noel Malcolm, Claire Harman, Paul Strohm and Ferdinand Mount, all shortlisted for the Prize; as well as Dame Antonia Fraser, Antony Beevor, Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Rachel Johnson, Philip Bobbitt, Simon Jenkins and Adam Zamoyski.