Sci-Fi authors unite against genre snobbery



The shunning of genre fiction isn’t exactly a new revelation, and having worked as a Bookseller for a sci-fi and graphic novels specialist, it’s been on my radar for several years. As a student, I even used to feel a little sheepish admitting to my more discerning peers that, yes, one of my favorite authors is Stephen King. Of course, literary and genre fiction both have value, and it’s also worth mentioning that as with all fiction, some of it is good, and some of it is terrible.

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Biography dominates Samuel Johson prize longlist (



The shortlist will be revealed on 14 June, with the winner announced on 6 July.

The longlist in full:

Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett

Afghantsy by Rodric Braithwaite

Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal

Mao’s Great Famine by Frank Dikötter

Caravaggio by Andrew Graham Dixon

Liberty’s Exiles by Maya Jasanoff

Capitalism 4.0 by Anatole Kaletsky

Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly

People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry

The Bridge by David Remnick

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg

Reprobates by John Stubbs

Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock

Bomber County by Daniel Swift

Sex Before the Sexual Revolution by Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher

Amexica: War Along The Borderline by Ed Vulliamy

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