Four Communications’ cultural practice, Four Colman Getty, has announced the six titles on the shortlist for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, celebrating the best in non-fiction writing.
The shortlist combines biography, memoir and history with subjects as diverse as hawks, family history and death.
The six authors in contention for the 2014 prize are: John Campbell, Roy Jenkins; Marion Coutts, The Iceberg: A Memoir; Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity; Alison Light, Common People; Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk; and Caroline Moorehead, Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France.
Claire Tomalin, chair of judges, comments: ‘We found a consistently high quality of writing - clarity, colour, enthusiasm, vigour – and authors who were intellectually and emotionally engaged with their subjects.
‘Each of these books could be the winner of the prize and we now face the almost impossible task of deciding on just one.’
The winner of the 2014 prize will be announced on Tuesday 4 November.
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