Posted: Friday 29th September 2017
The prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.
Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £30,000 to the winner.
The shortlist will be revealed on 6th October and the winner announced on 16th November
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The 2017 longlist includes:
Red Famine : Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
The momentous new book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Iron Curtain.
The Islamic Enlightenment : The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason by Christopher de Bellaigue
This book tells the forgotten story of the Islamic Enlightenment. It shows us how to look beyond sensationalist headlines to foster a genuine understanding of modern Islam and Muslim culture, and is essential reading for anyone engaged with the state of the world today.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge
How to Survive A Plague by David France
Not since the publication of Randy Shilts's now classic And the Band Played On in 1987 has a book sought to measure the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.
Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins
A beautifully written, haunting memoir, Plot 29 is a mystery story and meditation on nature and nurture. It’s also a celebration of the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love.
Border: A Journey to The Edge of Europe, by Kapka Kassabova
'This exceptional book about a journey though Bulgaria's dark, often magical borderlands is every bit as the travel writing of Patrick Leigh Fermor' -- Sunday Times
I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind The Lines of Jihad, by Soaud Mekhennet
An enthralling and sometimes shocking blend of reportage and memoir from the centers of jihadi networks in the Middle East and North Africa
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic, by Daniel Mendelsohn
From the award-winning, best-selling writer: a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading – and reliving – Homer’s epic masterpiece.
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rosselis and the Fight Against Mussolini, by Caroline Moorehead
Following two bestselling books on the French Resistance, including the Samuel Johnson-shortlisted Village of Secrets, Caroline Moorehead turns her attention to the anti-fascist movement in Italy
To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death, by Mark O’Connell
A stunning new non-fiction voice tackles an urgent question...what next for mankind?
Belonging : The Story of The Jews: by Simon Schama
The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.
Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense, by Jenny Uglow
Acclaimed historian Jenny Uglow brings us a fascinating and beautifully illustrated biography of Edward Lear, full of the colour of the age.