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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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