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Bristol Festival of Ideas confirms book longlist

12th February 2010

The Bristol Festival of Ideas has announced the 12-strong longlist for its 2010 book prize, with Penguin and its imprints dominating the nominations.

Six titles from the publisher are in the running for the GBP 10,000 prize, including The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid and The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen.

Good Value by Stephen Green, Martin Jacques' When China Rules the World and The English Rebel by David Horspool are the remaining contenders from Penguin for the honour, the winner of which will be announced in May.

Other books included on the longlist, which was whittled down from more than 130 submissions, include The Plot by Madeleine Bunting, Laura Cumming's A Face to the World and The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik.

The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGhilcrist, Susie Orbach's Bodies and Strange Days Indeed by Francis Wheen complete the titles in the running.

Andrew Kelly, director of the Bristol Festival of Ideas and chair of the judging panel, commented: 'We are delighted with the longlist. It's been a pleasure to be able to read and discuss such wonderful books. All are worthy winners of the award.'

Flat Earth News by Nick Davies was the winner of the 2009 Festival of Ideas book prize, seeing off competition from a shortlist which included McMafia by Misha Glenny and Richard Holmes' The Age of Wonder.

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