About the prize

The UK’s most prestigious non-fiction award

The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is the UK's premier prize for non-fiction books.

The prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

The prize is funded by an anonymous sponsor.  The BBC televises the awards and feature complementary programming – forming a key part of their commitment to diverse, intelligent and culturally enriching programmes.

The Trustees

The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is managed by a steering committee and administered by Four Colman Getty.

The steering committee is made up of:

·         Stuart Proffitt, Chair, (Publishing Director, Penguin)

·         Antony Beevor (historian and author)

·         Mark Bell (BBC Commissioning Editor, BBC Arts) 

·         Rosie Boycott (journalist and broadcaster) 

·         Peter Florence (Director of the Hay Festivals) 

·         Dotti Irving (Chief Executive, Four Colman Getty) 

·         Sir Mervyn King (former Governor, The Bank of England) 

·         Toby Mundy, (CEO of Atlantic Books) 

·         James Naughtie (broadcaster, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme) 

·         Peter Straus (literary agent, Rogers, Coleridge and White) 

·         Martin Taylor (former Chairman of Syngenta)

 

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