Friday, October 12, 2012

Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Shortlist

The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is the UK's most prestigious and the richest non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £20,000 to the winner.The prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. The winner is to be announced on November 12th.
The six books shortlisted are:

 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum, by Katherine Boo

 
 Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest, by Wade Davis

 
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane

 
The Better Angels of our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity, by Steven Pinker

 
The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, by Paul Preston

 
Strindberg: A Life, by Sue Prideaux

They all look very interesting and will be added to my 'always growing at a faster rate than I can read' list of books. Good luck to all the authors for November.

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