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Penguin dominates PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize shortlist

Four Penguin titles feature on the six-strong shortlist for the £3,000 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History.

In the running order are three books from Penguin imprint Allen Lane—Jerry Brotton’s A History of the World in Twelve Maps; Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers; and Mark Mazower’s Governing the World. Savage Continent by Keith Lowe (Penguin Viking) is also on the shortlist.

Two titles from independent publishers have also made the list, with Nigel Cliff’s The Last Crusade (Atlantic Books) and Jonathan Dimbleby’s Destiny in the Desert (Profile Books) completing the line-up.

The prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book of historical content, with the winner announced at the end of March and awarded on 16th April as part of the English PEN Literary Café programme at the London Book Fair.

This year’s prize will be judged by Philip Ziegler, Jane Ridley and Stella Tillyard. It was first set up in 2002 following the death of PEN member Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman, who left £100,000 for a prize rewarding a history book of high literary merit covering a period up to and including the Second World War.

Last year’s winner was James Glieck’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (Fourth Estate).

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