Pol Roger has been a proud supporter of the Duff Cooper literary prize since 2005. The prize, which celebrates the best in non-fiction writing was first awarded in 1956, after a group of Duff Cooper’s friends formed a Trust to endow a literary prize in his memory, following his death in 1954.
Duff Cooper, statesman, diplomat and author, was born in 1890. He won the DSO as a second lieutenant in the First World War, and entered Parliament in 1923. His life was devoted to politics until 1938 when, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he resigned in protest at the Munich Agreement. He was called back to office by Churchill in 1940 and his wartime career culminated in his appointment as Ambassador to France.
It was during his time as Ambassador that Duff Cooper introduced Sir Winston Churchill to the captivating Odette Pol-Roger, at a luncheon after the liberation of Paris in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. They formed a lasting friendship which was to blossom with succeeding generations and endures strongly to this day between the Churchill and Pol-Roger families.
The 2015 Shortlist is below and the winning entry will be announced on the 22nd February:
Ian Bostridge Schubert’s Winter Journey Faber & Faber
Noel Malcolm Agents of Empire Allen Lane
Claire Harman Charlotte Bronte Viking
Paul Strohm The Poet’s Tale Profile
Ferdinand Mount The Tears of the Rajas Simon & Schuster