The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2022



At its meeting on 7 April, the judging panel for the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2022 agreed its short list for this year’s competition.

Out of the 23 books selected by the judges in January to form their long list, the panel has now picked eight books, published in 2021, as their short list for the final round of judging.

Peter Frankopan, chair of judges, said: “This has been an exceptionally rich and varied year for the Runciman Award. We have read some astonishingly ambitious books, some covering many thousands of years of history, others re-telling familiar tales in extraordinary new ways, and others still that have captured our hearts, minds and imaginations. The judges deliberated for a long time to select this short list, and we wished we could have honoured even more books this time. We are yet to discuss which of the eight books might win; but we are thrilled by the range and breadth of writers and scholars represented in our short list – taking us from the Siege of Troy through the Byzantine era right up to the present day.

The Runciman Award is given by The Anglo-Hellenic League annually for the best book published for the first time in English in the previous year about Greece or on a Greek subject.

The eight short-listed titles are set out below, in alphabetical order (by author):

Author/ TranslatorTitlePress
Nektaria Anastasiadou A Recipe for DaphneAmerican
University of
Cairo Press
Modern Fiction£10.99
Pat BarkerThe Women of TroyPenguin (Hamish
Antiquity Fiction£18.99
Jeffrey Beneker & Craig Gibson (trans.)The Byzantine Sinbad
(by Michael
Harvard UP Byzantium Translation£31.95
Ian Collins John Craxton: A Life of GiftsYale UP Modern Biography£25
Michael Llewellyn-SmithVenizelos: The Making of a Greek Statesman, 1864-1914C Hurst & CoModern Biography£30
Mark Mazower The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern EuropePenguin (Allen Lane) Modern History£30
Ruth Padel Daughters of the LabyrinthLittle Brown Modern Fiction £18.99
Dimitris Tziovas Greece from Junta to
Crisis: Modernization,
Transition and
(I.B. Tauris)
Modern Cultural history £85

The judges for the Award in 2022 are:

Prof. Peter Frankopan (chair)

Dr Dionysis Kapsalis

Prof. Naoíse Mac Sweeney 

Prof. Judith Mossman

Dr Sofka Zinovieff 

The announcement of the winner and award ceremony will take place on Monday 13 June, at 7pm, in the Great Hall of King’s College London, on the Strand.

The award, which is worth £10,000, is sponsored by the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Further information about the League and about the award is available at and

John Kittmer (Award Administrator)

  for the Council of

The Anglo-Hellenic League

8 April 2022