Folio picture researcher wins prestigious Longman/History Today prize

Julie McMahon recognised for her work on Stalingrad

We are delighted to announce that The Folio Society's Julie McMahon has been named Historical Picture Researcher of the Year in the Longman - History Today awards for her work on our edition of Antony Beevor's Stalingrad. The award, worth £500, was presented in a ceremony at the Museum of London on 12 January. Julie is pictured here with Paul Ley, Publisher of History Today magazine. Among the guests attending the evening ceremony, which also marked History Today's 60th anniversary, were historians Dan Snow and Juliet Gardiner.

Julie says of her work on Stalingrad, 'I tried to show the ordinary soldier and participant, the day to day; and where possible, to show the faces and expressions of those in this most bloody of wars.' She mentions in particular the reproduction of two propaganda posters, one Russian and one German, presented as a double-page spread: 'Although bitter rivals, both sets of propagandists draw on similar concepts and visual themes. This was the only picture request made by the author and I think it not only illustrates propaganda, it looks arresting and is an effective use of the only full colour reproduction in the book.' Antony Beevor expressed his delight at the news of Julie's win - and Julie herself acknowledged her debt to the book's designer, Stuart Brown, production controller Julie Farquhar and editor James Matthews.

To read more about the Folio Society edition of Stalingrad, click here.

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