Bristol Festival of Ideas reveals Book Prize shortlist

<p>Bristol Festival of Ideas has today announced the shortlist for its inaugural &pound;10,000 Festival of Ideas Book Prize, selecting Orwell Prize-longlisted titles <em>Flat Earth News </em>by Nick Davies (Vintage) and <em>A Book of Silence</em> by Sara Maitland (Granta) among the six.</p><p>The prize is awarded annually to the book which &quot;presents new, important and challenging ideas, which is rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible&quot;.</p><p>Andrew Kelly, director of the Bristol Festival of Ideas and chair of the judging panel, said: &quot;All of these books not only report on a particular issue or moment in time, but also have wider implications for the world today and tomorrow.&quot; </p><p>He added, &quot;All are worthy winners of the award. It will be a challenging decision for the judges to make.&quot;</p><p>The prize is awarded in association with Arts &amp; Business and Blackwell bookshops. It will be announced on 5th May at the Bristol Festival of Ideas. The books will be promoted in Blackwell UK stores in March and April. </p><p>The shortlist:</p><p><em>Flat Earth News</em> by Nick Davies (Vintage)<br /><em>The Terror Dream</em> by Susan Faludi (Atlantic)<br /><em>McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers</em> by Misha Glenny (Vintage)<br /><em>The Age of Wonder</em> by Richard Holmes (HarperPress)<br /><em>What Does China Think?</em> by Mark Leonard (Fourth Estate)<br /><em>A Book of Silence</em> by Sara Maitland (Granta)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>