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.