Samuel Johnson Prize longlist announced

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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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.