Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize

Fraser's view: Eilean Donan Castle was made to 'pull at the heartstrings of Scots'.

Give us your views! Here is Fraser Nelson’s

6 October 2013 9:00

Spectator readers are known for their views — fierce, funny, original. Now we want not only your opinions, but your visual views as well. This week’s magazine features Sam Leith’s… Continue reading

Bangkok is a teeming, vibrant city of contrasts with mouth-watering local delicacies, where lapping waves and powder-white sands of stunning beaches are never far away, as far as the eye can see. Image: Getty

No, you did not ‘leave the modern world behind’: some phrases should be banned from travel writing

19 September 2013 12:00

Clichés and travel writing, sadly, often go hand in hand. I look after the travel pages at the Daily Mail and have felt compelled to compile a list of banned… Continue reading


The Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul prize for outstanding travel writing is open for entries

22 August 2013 10:00

The Spectator, as it does every year, is offering you good money to write about your travels. What’s more, our £2,000 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize — named after the late… Continue reading

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Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize: Auschwitzland, fun for the Whole Family

25 January 2013 9:00

This essay was shortlisted for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. I took a Valium on the plane to Poland. I had run into an old friend at the airport and… Continue reading

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Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize: What’s waiting at Elm Tree Loan

23 January 2013 16:00

The following essay was shortlisted for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. It’s a cold, sunny morning when I take the bus to Elm Tree Loan. It’s a trip that I’ve… Continue reading

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Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize – Salt

17 January 2013 12:02

The following essay was shortlisted for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. It follows the publication of the winning entry, by Tara Isabella Burton, and the runner-up, by Steven McGregor. The… Continue reading

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Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize – The Walking Wounded

16 January 2013 10:21

This is the runner-up in our recent Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. The rest of the shortlist will be published in the coming days. At the entrance is a pale stone… Continue reading


The Spectator’s new Shiva Naipaul Prize winner

13 January 2013 14:01

The Spectator is proud to announce it has a new Shiva Naipaul Memorial prize winner — Tara Isabella Burton. Tara’s dazzling travel essay about the town of Tbilisi greatly impressed… Continue reading

Will Jim Crace succeed Hilary Mantel as winner of the Booker Prize? The bookies seem to think so.

Last chance for the Shiva Naipaul Prize 2012

26 October 2012 10:29

Hilary Mantel recently won her second Booker Prize, having clinched two Bookers in a row, the latest for the second book of a planned trilogy – surely a first. As… Continue reading

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Frank Johnson, a magnum and me

5 September 2012 18:21

The 1996 Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize was won by Miranda France. Here, she shares her experience of winning the award and visiting the Spectator office and then-editor Frank Johnson… Continue reading

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The Visit – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 2007

28 August 2012 19:14

The 2007 Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize was won by Clarissa Tan. The prize, named after the late Trinidadian author, is for ‘the most acute and profound observation of a culture… Continue reading

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Mass Baptism on the Streets of Harlem

Entertaining Dr Murdock – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 2000

28 August 2012 16:29

The Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for the year 2000 was won by Mary Wakefield. The judges included Antony Beevor; Patrick Marhnam; Boris Johnson, then editor of the magazine; and Mark… Continue reading

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Happy birthday V.S. Naipaul

17 August 2012 10:41

Given it’s V.S. Naipaul’s birthday today, we’ve dug out from the archives a 1979 Spectator review by Richard West of A Bend In The River. Don’t forget that the Shiva Naipaul Memorial… Continue reading

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Bad times in Buenos Aires – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 1996

15 August 2012 18:03

Miranda France won the Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize in 1996. Her winning essay (below) formed the heart of her first, eponymous book. Two years later she wrote her second book,… Continue reading

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The most important taxi ride I’ve taken

14 August 2012 18:50

The Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, which The Spectator has just relaunched, is awarded for travel writing that gives ‘the most acute and profound observation of a culture alien to the… Continue reading

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View of houses in La Chacarita, Asuncion

Pink pigs in Paraguay – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 1997

14 August 2012 18:45

John Gimlette, the award-winning travel writer and author of four books, was the winner of the Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing in 1997. The judges of that year,… Continue reading

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Last Morning in Al Hamra – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 1987

14 August 2012 16:09

The Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing was first awarded in 1987, and its first-ever winner was Hilary Mantel, who has since won the 2009 Booker Prize for… Continue reading

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The 2012 Shiva Naipaul prize

10 August 2012 18:03

When I won the first Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, it was gratifying for me on every level. It helped me find a market for my work in the national press,… Continue reading

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Be ‘unafraid’, Hilary Mantel tells Shiva Naipaul Prize contenders

26 July 2012 20:12

Hilary Mantel has just been long-listed for the Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, her brilliant follow-up to Wolf Hall, which netted the coveted Booker itself in 2009. We at The Spectator… Continue reading