This special evening at the British Academy comprised of authors shortlisted for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction discussing their books.
The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is the UK's premier prize for non-fiction books, covering subjects from current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. Past winners of the prestigious £20,000 prize include Antony Beevor, Margaret MacMillan and James Shapiro.
The chair of judges for 2015 is Pulitzer prize-winning historian and journalist Anne Applebaum, supported by Associate Editor at The Economist Emma Duncan, New Scientist Editor Sumit Paul-Choudhury, Oxford University’s Professor Rana Mitter FBA and former Controller of Film and Drama and head of Film 4 Tessa Ross.
The six shortlisted titles in contention for this year’s prize are:
Jonathan Bate FBA, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life
Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks
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
Samanth Subramanian, This Divided Island
Find out more about the Samuel Johnson Prize.