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Philippe Sands Clinches Britain's Biggest Non-Fiction Prize

Since 1999, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction has reigned as Britain’s pre-eminent award for non-fiction writing. From Anthony Beevor’s Stalingrad onward, each year has brought us a winner that has moved on to become a Waterstones staple – Anna Funder’s Stasiland, for example, her engrossing, insider account of pre-unification Germany, or the groundbreaking melange of genres that was Helen Macdonald’s bestselling H is for Hawk. Now running under its new name, The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, this £30,000 award continues to be the literary benchmark for factual writing published in the UK. Under the Chair of Stephanie Flanders, the five-strong judging panel have chosen a new successor to that fine list with Philippe Sands’ East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, which tonight conquered a superb shortlist to claim The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016.

Pushkin House Russian Book Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the second Pushkin House Russian Book Prize has been announced this afternoon...

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