Book Prize Open

Our Book Prize has gone from strength to strength since it’s launch in 2018.

The prize  recognises innovative scholarship in our discipline and the past winners are Sasha Handley, Hannah Barker, Khaled Fahmy and Lucy Bland.

We are delighted to announce that the Social History Society Book Prize is now open for the fifth year.

The prize is awarded by an independent panel of judges who look for the best original work of social and cultural history. The only stipulations are that the book must be written in English, by a scholar normally resident in the UK, and must be at least the author’s second history book.

The prize is awarded to books published in the calendar year preceding nomination. Books nominated in 2021 must have been published and dated 2020.

We have written to presses encouraging nominations, but please do encourage your publisher if you have written an eligible book and would like to be considered. The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2021. Any questions should be directed to

The 2021 prize was won by Lucy Bland for Britain’s Brown Babies: The stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War (Manchester University Press, 2019). You can watch her interview about the book here. A list of all previous winners and runners up, can be found on our Book Prize page.