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  1. Country Driving (Canongate Books)

    After living in China for five years, and learning the language, Peter Hessler decided to undertake an even ... driving across this most enigmatic of countries. Over seven years, he travelled to places rarely explored by tourists, into the factories ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. Nick Bunker

    ... Before that he wrote for the Financial Times for six years, having begun his career as an investigative reporter on the Liverpool ... University, New York, under the late Edward Said. For many years he sat on the governing body of the Freud Museum, London, where he was ...

    Digital - 17.05.16

  3. Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (Allen Lane)

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham-Dixon describes brilliantly in this book, are...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. 2015 Judge Rana Mitter on what makes a Samuel Johnson Prize-winning book

    ... marks out the non-fiction book of the year.  The past few years have seen the Samuel Johnson Prize go to a biography of an Italian poet ... the zeitgeist – nor could any of the winners over the years be accused of being only modish successes. In retrospect, the first ever ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Philip Ball

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    Alice - 29.03.17

  6. Q&A with Adam Nicolson, longlisted for 'The Mighty Dead: Why Homer matters'

    ... 'The Mighty Dead', in between everything else, for ten years. So I read many different translations of Homer and paid very close ... why? Richard Holmes’s 'Footsteps', which inspired me years ago: as a model for how imaginative empathy can have a central role in ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Romany and Tom: A memoir

    Ben Watt’s father, Tommy, was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician, a politicised left-wing bandleader and a composer. His heyday in the late fifties took him into the glittering heart of London’s West End, where he broadcast live with his...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet (William Collins)

    ... most under-rated political thinker of the past three-hundred years. Born in Ireland in 1729, and greatly affected by its bigotry and ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. Q&A with Douglas Hurd and Edward Young

    ... and the youngest authors on the longlist, with over fifty years between us. What research did you do for writing your book? ... We’ve been working as literary partners for almost nine years now; Disraeli is the third in a little trilogy of political histories ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. 2013 Judges announcement

    ... to Cambridge where he has held various posts, including ten years as Director of the Institute of Astronomy. He has received many ... a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003. He spent twenty years as a journalist for the THES , The Times , Financial Times and ...

    Digital - 20.05.16