Samuel Johnson Prize longlist announced

by - September 22nd, 2012

The longlist for the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced in the UK.

The Samuel Johnson Prize is the UK’s most prestigious non-fiction award. 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 longlisted titles are:

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine Boo, Scribe)
  • One on One (Craig Brown, Fourth Estate)
  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest(Wade Davis, Bodley Head)
  • The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin(Masha Gessen, Granta Books)
  • Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle (Thor Hansen, Basic Books)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman, Penguin)
  • The Old Ways (Robert MacFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Ray Monk, Jonathan Cape)
  • Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genuis (Sylvia Nasar, Fourth Estate)
  • Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England (Thomas Penn, Penguin)
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature (Steven Pinker, Penguin)
  • The Spanish Holocaust (Paul Preston, HarperCollins)
  • Strindberg: A Life (Sue Prideaux, Yale University Press)
  • Joseph Anton (Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape).

The winner of this year’s prize, worth £20,000, will be announced on 12 November.

Read more about the Samuel Johnson Prize here…

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