Långa listan för Samuel Johnson Prize 2015

Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction är Storbritanniens främsta pris för facklitteratur. Prissumman är £20.000 och förra årets vinnare var Helen Macdonald med H is for Hawk, en bok om sorg och att tämja en duvhök.

Sa Anne Applebaum, juryns ordförande, om den långa listan 2015:

”We didn’t plan it this way, but this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize longlist includes pretty much every important non-fiction genre: biography, history, science writing, travel writing, journalism. There’s something for everybody here, whatever your tastes.”

Det här är hela långa listan:


Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life av Jonathan Bate (William Collins)

Den här biografin har inte kommit ut ännu, men ryktena säger att den innehåller sprängstoff.


This Divided Island av Samanth Subramanian (Atlantic Books)

Skakande rapporter från inbördeskriget i Sri Lanka (recension)


Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance av Robert Gildea (Faber & Faber)

Påstås göra upp med myter om den franska motståndsrörelsen och beskriva den som mer mångfacetterad och motsägelsefull. (recension)


Landmarks av Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)

”‘This is a book about the power of language,’ [Macfarlane] writes on page one. ‘It is a field guide to literature I love, and it is a word hoard of the astonishing lexis for landscape that exists in the comparison of islands, rivers, strands, fells, lochs, cities, towns, corries, hedgerows, fields and edgelands uneasily known as the British Isles.'” (recension)


The Planet Remade av Oliver Morton (Granta Books)

Economist briefings editor Morton (Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet, 2008, etc.) offers a calm, rational discussion of deliberate technological interventions to cool the planet’s climate system.” (recension)

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Guantanamo Diary av Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Canongate)

Guantánamo Diary is a gut-punch of a reminder – for some, an inconvenient one – that Guantánamo is more than a concept, or a few photographs of faceless men in jumpsuits. Its inmates are real human beings, wondering whether they will ever see freedom again.” (recension)


Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia av Peter Pomerantsev (Faber & Faber)

”Pomerantsev’s Moscow is a machine that sucks in the hopes, fears, dreams, ambitions and loves of the people who flock to it, spitting out lies, illusion and despair. Only the very nimble can keep their feet in this great spinning mass, and for a while Pomerantsev was among them.” (recension)


They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper av Bruce Robinson (4th Estate)

12 års arbete ligger bakom denna tegelsten om 1000 sidor, skriven av regissören till kultklassikern Withnail and I. (intervju)


The Four-Dimensional Human av Laurence Scott (William Heinemann (PRH))

”One of the great strengths of this book is that its author offers himself up as the experimental rat in the virtual maze, analysing his own emotional responses to a life on social media. He writes of how in an era when everyone has the permanent possibility of communicating with just about anyone else, his own interactions with those actually present have become curiously stilted.” (recension)


Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently av Steve Silberman (Allen & Unwin)

”Silberman dedicates his book to the British pioneer Dr Lorna Wing, the parent and psychiatrist responsible for the idea that autism is a spectrum condition. He paints portraits of scientists, inventors and engineers (historic and present-day) whose autistic perspectives have enhanced their work. He describes families and adults who have learned to live happily with autism and find its strengths.” (recension)

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The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq av Emma Sky (Atlantic Books)

”Emma Sky’s book is an eminently sensible ‘tale of unintended consequences, both of President Bush’s efforts to impose democracy and of President Obama’s detachment’. A critical insider’s account, it undermines the too-easy assumptions of left as well as right, exposing the achievements and (more often) stupidities of both administrations’ approaches to Iraq.” (recension)


Black Earth av Tim Snyder (Bodley Head)

Recensionen i The Guardian är mycket skeptisk.

11 oktober tillkännages den korta listan.

Ola Wihlke

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