The Duff Cooper Prize

Duff Cooper’s bookplate,
designed by Rex Whistler

The Duff Cooper Prize

The Duff Cooper Prize

Since 2005 we have been generously supported by
Pol Roger
which donates the Champagne for the award presentation,
and contributes £1000 towards the £5,000 prize.



The French Ambassador, H.E. Monsieur Jean-Pierre Jouyet, is a keen student of history; so he was delighted to award the 2018 Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize to Julian Jackson, for his magisterial biography of Charles de Gaulle, A Certain Idea of France. He also enjoyed chatting to the other historians and biographers present, of whom there were a fair number. Lady Antonia Fraser DBE, Diarmaid MacCulloch and Miranda Seymour were among the shortlisters. Also there were Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A; Sir David Gilmour; Bettany Hughes; Sir Antony Beevor; Jung Chang; Marina Warner, DBE; Sir Simon Jenkins; Sue Prideaux; Selina Hastings; Jonathan Keates; Colin Thubron; Philip Mansel; and Caroline Moorehead. Other guests included Nicky Haslam, Jenni Russell, Michael Spencer, Lady Jane Wellesley and Emma Duncan.

In his speech of thanks, Professor Jackson revealed that de Gaulle served Veuve Cliquot at the Elysée Palace, while the Ambassador is married to a member of the Tattinger family. However everyone enjoyed toasting the winner in Pol Roger champagne, which was the favourite of de Gaulle's great ally and rival - Winston Churchill. It was served at the very first Duff Cooper Prize in 1956, when Churchill presented the prize to Alan Moorehead for his book, Gallipoli.

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