Barnes and Ballard make S J longlist

<p>Memoirs from Julian Barnes and J G Ballard have made it to the longlist for this year&rsquo;s BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. </p><p>Barnes&rsquo; <em>Nothing to Be Frightened of </em>(Cape) and Ballard&rsquo;s <em>Miracles of Life</em> (HarperCollins) line up alongside 18 other titles, including Patrick French&rsquo;s biography of V S Naipaul (Picador), Julie Kavanagh&rsquo;s biography of Rudolf Nureyev (Fig Tree) and journalist Tim Butcher&rsquo;s account of his journey down the Congo, <em>Blood River</em> (Chatto).</p><p>The 20-strong longlist, announced this week, was chosen from 131 entries, and Rosie Boycott, chair of judges, said: &ldquo;The 20 books encompass everything that is exciting, innovative and brilliant about non-fiction in Britain today. Each one of them amply bears out the simple fact that &lsquo;all the best stories are true&rsquo;.&rdquo;</p><p>The shortlist will be announced on 15th May, and the winner of the &pound;30,000 prize will be announced at London&rsquo;s South Bank Centre on 15th July. BBC Four will televise the awards ceremony on 20th July.</p><p><strong>THE LONGLIST IN FULL:</strong></p><p><em>Mad, Bad and Sad </em>by Lisa Appignanesi (Virago)</p><p><em>Nothing to be Frightened Of</em> by Julian Barnes (Cape)</p><p><em>Miracles of Life</em> by J G Ballard (HarperCollins) </p><p><em>Blood River</em> by Tim Butcher (Chatto)</p><p><em>Crow Country</em> by Mark Cocker (Cape)</p><p><em>Finding Moonshine</em> by Marcus Du Sautoy (Fourth Estate)</p><p><em>The Authorized Biography</em> of V S Naipaul by Patrick French (Picador)</p><p><em>The Whisperers </em>by Orlando Figes (Penguin)</p><p><em>Rudolf Nureyev </em>by Julie Kavanagh (Fig Tree)</p><p><em>Austerity Britain: 1945-1951</em> by David Kynaston (Bloomsbury)</p><p><em>Mrs Woolf and the Servants</em> by Alison Light (Fig Tree)</p><p><em>Cold Cream: My Early Life and Other Mistakes </em>by Ferdinand Mount (Bloomsbury)</p><p><em>Watching the Door </em>by Kevin Myers (Atlantic)</p><p><em>Confessions of an Eco Sinner</em> by Fred Pearce (Eden Project) </p><p><em>Great Hatred, Little Room </em>by Jonathan Powell (Bodley Head) </p><p><em>The Discovery of France </em>by Graham Robb (Picador)</p><p><em>A Life of Picasso</em> by John Richardson (Cape)</p><p><em>The Rest is Noise </em>by Alex Ross (Fourth Estate)</p><p><em>The Suspicions of Mr Whicher</em> by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)</p><p><em>The Brother Gardeners</em> by Andrea Wulf (Heinemann)</p>