Blake Bailey's magnificent biography of John Cheever has been shortlisted for the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Cheever, called 'a detailed and absorbing account… extremely readable' by the Irish Examiner, tells the life of one of the finest American writers of the twentieth century.

Bailey's biography is in contention to win the £10,000 biography prize with the winner being announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes were founded in 1919 by Janet Coats, the widow of publisher James Tait Black, to commemorate her husband's love of good books.

Past winners have included D.H.Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Graham Greene, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan.

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