Samuel Johnson Prize

The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction (motto: "All the Best Stories are True") is one of the most prestigious prizes for non-fiction writing. It was founded in 1999 following the demise of the NCR Book Award and based on an anonymous donation. The prize is named after Samuel Johnson. The prize covers current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the… (plus)

 

Sélection 2013

Gabriele D'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War

Samuel Johnson Prize 2013, Costa Book Award for Biography 2013

de Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Godfather to Mussolini, national hero of Italy and the WWI irredentist movement, literary icon of Joyce and Pound, lover of actress Eleonora Duse: here is Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s extraordinary biography of Gabriele...


Sélection 2012

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

Samuel Johnson Prize 2012

de Wade Davis

On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine...


Sélection 2011

Mao's Great Famine

Samuel Johnson Prize 2011

de Frank Dikötter

"Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up to and overtake Britain in less than 15 years The experiment...


Sélection 2010

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Samuel Johnson Prize 2010

de Barbara Demick

A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens

 

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Sélection 2009

The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea

Samuel Johnson Prize 2009

de Philip Hoare

From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been...


Sélection 2008

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Samuel Johnson Prize 2008

de Kate Summerscale

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying,...


Sélection 2007

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Samuel Johnson Prize 2007

de Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by...


Sélection 2006

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson Prize 2006

de James Shapiro

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England

Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army...


Sélection 2004

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Samuel Johnson Prize 2004

de Anna Funder

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterward the two Germanys reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder’s bestselling Stasiland brings us extraordinary tales of real lives in the former East...


Sélection 2003

Pushkin: A Biography

Samuel Johnson Prize 2003

de T.J. Binyon

In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry–including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin–but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring...


Sélection 1999

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

Samuel Johnson Prize 1999

de Antony Beevor

Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city...