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The British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2021

Selected by the Bookshop


The British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding celebrates the best works of non-fiction that have contributed to public understanding of world cultures. 

This year’s shortlist introduces readers to four books on urgent and globally significant topics: racism in America (approached through the example of the writer James Baldwin); the role of the modern colonial nation-state in the creation of ‘permanent minorities’ around the world; the legacies of revolution and empire when viewed from the ‘small seas’ of the global South; and life in the ‘blighted post-human’ landscapes of a deteriorated planet.

Chair of the judges Patrick Wright said of the shortlist, ‘Through meticulous research and compelling argument each writer shortlisted for this important prize casts new light on a globally significant problem … In different ways, the books all speak directly to the urgent challenges of the times in which we live.’

Join the four shortlisted authors for a live online event on Wednesday 13 October – tickets are free and can be booked via the British Academy.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 26 October.

From the publisher:
'The most precious hymn to resilience ... written with a beautiful attention to detail ... Wonderful ' ADAM NICOLSON, winner of the 2018 Wainwright Prize'Extraordinary ... Just when you thought there was nowhere left to explore, along comes…

From the publisher:
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.' JAMES BALDWINA searing indictment of racial injustice in America - inspired by the…

From the publisher:
Making the radical argument that the nation-state was born of colonialism, this book calls us to rethink political violence and reimagine political community beyond majorities and minorities.In this genealogy of political…

From the publisher:
‘Helps re-centre how we look at the world and opens up new perspectives on how we can look at regions, peoples and places that have been left to one side of traditional histories for far too long’ PETER FRANKOPANStarting from…

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