Gold Dust Mentor – and distinguished biographer – Sally Cline has a phenomenal track record in getting her ‘mentees’ published and shortlisted for awards, and this year is no exception. For the fourth year running she has a mentee on the prestigious Tony Lothian Prize, theonly UK prize for an un-commissioned first time biographer or memoirist. This year the lucky shortlisted mentee is FELIX BECHTOLSHEIMER and his memoir is Cornflakes for Breakfast – a literary memoir about bullying, heroin addiction and finding salvation in the music of the American Deep South. The memoir, written in a mixture of street slang and analytic literary prose, presents an unflinching account of the brutal reality of heroin addiction and the struggle to get clean. But the dark subject matter is constantly enlivened by sharp humour and the humanity of the supporting characters.
The prize of £2000 is administered by The Biographers Club. Last year it was won by another of Sally Cline’s mentees, so we have fingers crossed for Felix. The judges are Tracy Borman, Helen Fry and Andrew Lycett. The winner and the runner-up from the shortlist will be announced at the Savile Club, London, on November 20th.