Samuel Johnson prize

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First-hand reporting dominates Baillie Gifford shortlist
Non-fiction prize judges select books by Svetlana Alexievich, Margo Jefferson, Philippe Sands and Hisham Matar

Maev Kennedy

16, Oct, 2016 @11:01 PM

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Goodbye Samuel Johnson, hello Baillie Gifford: top non-fiction prize gets new sponsor – and new name
The investment firm has stumped up the cash for an overhaul and vowed to make the award crack America. But do literary prizes actually mean anything to readers?

Richard Lea

30, Nov, 2015 @4:00 PM

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Steve Silberman on winning the Samuel Johnson prize: 'I was broke, broke, broke'
His first book was about the Grateful Dead. His second, about autism, has just taken the Samuel Johnson prize. Meet neuro-warrior Steve Silberman, friend of Allen Ginsberg and ‘gay coach’ to Oliver Sacks

Stephen Moss

03, Nov, 2015 @6:48 PM

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Steve Silberman's Neurotribes is the book 'families affected by autism have long deserved'
The winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is optimistic about how the world can become a better place for autism

Ian Sample Science editor

02, Nov, 2015 @11:12 PM

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'Hopeful' study of autism wins Samuel Johnson prize 2015
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman takes £20,000 award for book ‘arguing that we should stop drawing sharp lines between normal and abnormal’

Alison Flood

02, Nov, 2015 @10:15 PM

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Ted Hughes’ widow criticises ‘offensive’ biography
Carol Hughes says unauthorised biography by Jonathan Bate, shortlisted for Samuel Johnson prize, contains ‘significant errors’

Kevin Rawlinson

14, Oct, 2015 @7:05 PM

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Samuel Johnson book prize shortlist revealed
Emma Sky, Jonathan Bate and Samanth Subramanian among writers in the running for the £20,000 award

Maev Kennedy

11, Oct, 2015 @1:00 PM

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The Samuel Johnson prize longlist is a giant step backwards for gender equality
There’s no shortage of choice, so why is there only one book written by a woman out of the 12 in contention for the award?

Rachel Holmes

25, Sep, 2015 @1:00 PM

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Guantánamo Diary author makes Samuel Johnson prize longlist
Mohamedou Ould Slahi among a dozen writers including Jonathan Bate and Robert Macfarlane in contention for £20,000 non-fiction prize

Alison Flood

21, Sep, 2015 @11:01 PM

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Beyond the Booker: in defence of the literary prize
Philip Hensher has taken aim at the current glut of book awards. But the gongs are here to stay

Claire Armitstead

05, Jun, 2015 @4:52 PM

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Helen Macdonald: a bird’s eye view of love and loss
Helen Macdonald’s obsession with falconry got her bullied at school. It has also just won her the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. She talks to Stephen Moss about grief, Wordsworth – and training hawks with Bedouins in Abu Dhabi

Stephen Moss

05, Nov, 2014 @7:02 PM

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Bookies name Helen Macdonald favourite to win Samuel Johnson prize
Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk could become the first memoir after 15 years to win the prestigious prize, writes John Dugdale

John Dugdale

04, Nov, 2014 @11:01 AM

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