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Royal Society Winton Prize longlist announced

27th June 2011

The longlist for the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books has been unveiled, with 13 titles in contention for the GBP 10,000 award.

Established in 1988, the prize is awarded annually to a science book first published in English in the previous calendar year and written for a non-specialist audience.

This year's contenders include Tim Flannery's Here on Earth: A New Beginning and The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley, which was recently shortlisted for the BBC's Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

Monica Ali, chair of the judges, said choosing a shortlist will be a tough task considering the quality of the longlisted works.

'The vast range and sheer number of popular science books clearly demonstrates the growing importance of science in all parts of our world and a wider recognition of that importance,' she added.

A shortlist of six books is due to be announced on September 27th, with the winner announced on November 17th.

Last year's recipient of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books was Nick Lane for Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, described by the judges as a 'beautifully-written and elegantly-structured book'. 

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