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The Samuel Johnson Prize Longlist announced

22nd September 2015

The titles on the longlist of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015 have been announced today.


The longlisted titles represent what the judges believe to be the very best of the year’s non-fiction writing, from across a huge variety of genres.


The chair of judges, Anne Applebaum said: “We didn't plan it this way, but this year's Samuel Johnson Prize longlist includes pretty much every important non-fiction genre: biography, history, science writing, travel writing, journalism. There's something for everybody here, whatever your tastes.”


The longlisted titles are:

Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life

Robert Gildea, Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance

Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks

Oliver Morton, The Planet Remade

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantanamo Diary

Peter Pomerantsev, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia

Bruce Robinson, They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Laurence Scott, The Four-Dimensional Human

Steve Silberman, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

Emma Sky, The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

Tim Snyder, Black Earth

Samanth Subramanian, This Divided Island


The shortlist is announced on Friday 9th October and the winner on Monday 2nd November. Last year's winner was Helen McDonald for H is for Hawk.

For more information about, please visit our Samuel Johnson Prize page here.


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