Last Friday I went to Edinburgh for the award ceremong of the 2010 James Tait Black Memorial Prizes. The James Tait Black is the oldest literary prize in Britain and has two sections, one for fiction and one for biography, each worth £10,000. After sitting through a nail-biting discussion, in which Ian Rankin and the chairs of the two judging panels assessed the shortlisted books, I was delighted to find that my life of William Golding had won the biography prize. Golding won the fiction prize in 1979 with Darkness Visibe, and I think he'd have been tickled pink to achieve a double. A.S. Byatt won the fiction award.