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Book awards: Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction Longlist

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Winona Ryder: The Biography by Nigel Goodall1999
High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis by Mark Lynas2004
Austerity Britain: 1945-51 by David Kynaston2008
The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf2008
Cold Cream: My Early Life and Other Mistakes by Ferdinand Mount2008
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner by Fred Pearce2008
Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland by Jonathan Powell2008
Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 by Lisa Appignanesi2008
Miracles of Life by J.G. Ballard2008
Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury by Alison Light2008
Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes2008
Perpetual Motion: The Public and Private Lives of Rudolf Nureyev by Otis Stuart2008
Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature by Marcus du Sautoy2008
Watching the Door: Drinking Up, Getting Down, and Cheating Death in 1970s Belfast by Kevin Myers2008
A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland2009
Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones2009
A Fork in the Road: A Memoir by André Brink2009
Hester: the Remarkable Life of Dr. Johnson's 'Dear Mistress' by Ian McIntyre2009
The house of Wittgenstein : a family at war by Alexander Waugh2009
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton2009
Pompeii: The Life of A Roman Town by Mary Beard2009
Science: a Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara2009
Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History by Adam Nicolson2009
Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate2009
A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families by Michael Holroyd2009
The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented History by Justin Marozzi2009
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani2009
Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler2010
Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o2010
Family Britain: 1951-57 by David Kynaston2010
The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle by Sara Wheeler2010
Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History by Nick Bunker2010
The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It by Philip Ball2010
Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple2010
On Roads: A Hidden History by Joe Moran2010
Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth by Hilary Spurling2010
The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories by Edward Hollis2010
When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood by Said Sayrafiezadeh2010
Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto by Stewart Brand2010
The Woman Who Shot Mussolini by Frances Stonor Saunders2010
Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89. Rodric Braithwaite by Rodric Braithwaite2011
Amexica: War Along the Borderline by Ed Vulliamy2011
Bomber County: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War by Daniel Swift2011
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick2011
Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky2011
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal2011
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry2011
Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly2011
Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock2011
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher2011
Tolstoy: a Russian life by Rosamund Bartlett2011
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson2012
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar2012
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie2012
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen2012
One on One by Craig Brown2012
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman2012
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn2012
Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe by Simon Winder2013
Edmund Burke: The First Conservative by Jesse Norman2013
Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart2013
Everest - The First Ascent: The Untold Story of Griffith Pugh, the Man Who Made it Possible by Harriet Tuckey2013
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon2013
The Memory Palace: A Book of Lost Interiors by Edward Hollis2013
Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-59 by David Kynaston2013
Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and the Making of the Modern World, 1945-1965 by Michael Burleigh2013
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE - 1492 by Simon Schama2013
Time's anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination by Richard Morris2013
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan2013
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande2014
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh2014
An Encyclopaedia of Myself by Jonathan Meades2014
God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs2014
Hack Attack by Robert Elmer2014
In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow2014
Romany and Tom: A Memoir by Ben Watt2014
The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books by John Carey2014
Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson2014
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder2015
Fighters in the shadows: a new history of the French Resistance by Robert Gildea2015
Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi2015
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev2015
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton2015
Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster2016
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee2016
Guilty thing: a life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson2016
Stalin and the scientists: a history of triumph and tragedy 1905-1953 by Simon Ings2016
This is London: Life and Death in the World City by Ben Judah2016
The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming2016
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead2017
Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow2017
Plot 29: A Memoir by Allan Jenkins2017
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum2017
I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet2017
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge2017

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The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £30,000 to the winner.

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