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The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

During the last month we have announced both the longlist and the shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Our judges, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal (chair of judges); classicist, Mary Beard; Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti; historian, Peter Hennessy; and writer and non-fiction reviewer, James McConnachie; have now whittled down 18 books on the longlist to six books on the shortlist, ahead of the winner announcement on 4 November.We had brilliant coverage for the longlist across the national broadsheets online, as well as a piece written by judge James McConnachie for The Guardian’s Week in Books.To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the prize and create excitement ahead of the shortlist announcement, we also commissioned a fantastic animated video which you can now watch on the Samuel Johnson Prize website.Our shortlisted authors will be speaking at public events at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on 6 October and at the Southbank Centre on 3 November, join us if you can!

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