The Lost City Of Z named to the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize Shortlist

The judges for the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize announced the shortlist today, 22 May. Now in its eleventh year the prize is worth £20,000 to the winner. The Lost City of Z beat out celebrated writers such as Michael Holroyd, Alain de Botton and Andre Brink on a shortlist dominated by science.

The shortlist also includes Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed, Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, Leviathan by Philip Hoare, The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes, and Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar. Visit the Prize website for detailed information on each of the titles.