Jeffrey was the winner of the Prix Relay du Roman d’Évasion, a prize that rewards a novel in which readers can ‘escape from everyday life’, for his novel Paths of Glory. The award ceremony took place in the heart of the Faubourg Saint Germain, France, on Tuesday 8 June 2010 at the Maison de l’Amérique latine.
This prestigious award has been running for 33 years, and previous winners include Irène Frain, Miko Bonné and many other celebrated writers. Paths of Glory was inspired by a true story, bringing to life one of history’s enduringly enigmatic heroes, George Mallory, and was a number one bestseller in both hardback and paperback in the UK in 2009. This is the second major French literary prize Jeffrey has won; he was awarded the Prix Polar International at Prix Cognac Awards in October 2009 for his previous novel, A Prisoner of Birth.