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October 7, 2012

Macfarlane and Pinker vie on Samuel Johnson shortlist

 | By Benedicte Page

Robert Macfarlane’s latest exploration of landscape The Old Ways (Hamish Hamilton) and Steven Pinker’s study of violence The Better Angels of Our Nature (Allen Lane) are two of the titles shortlisted for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, announced today (5th October).

Also in contention for the £20,000 prize are Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (Portobello), about the residents of the Annawadi slum in Mumbai; Wade Davis Into the Silence (The Bodley Head), about Mallory’s 1924 Everest expedition; Paul Preston’s The Spanish Holocaust (HarperPress), billed the first authoritative study of how Franco set out to eliminate 200,000 men, women and children across Spain; and Sue Prideaux’s biography Strindberg (Yale University Press).


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