The shortlist has been announced for this year's £2,000 (about $2,550) English PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, which "celebrates the best nonfiction on any historical subject." The winning book will be announced at the inaugural Wimpole History Festival, held July 7-9. The shortlisted titles are:
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
This Orient Isle by Jerry Brotton
The Good Occupation by Susan L. Carruthers
Spitalfields by Dan Cruickshank
The Cultural Revolution by Frank Dikötter
Black and British by David Olusoga
Battling the Gods by Tim Whitmarsh
Art historian and curator Rosalind Blakesley won the £5,000 (about $6,375) Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, which recognizes the "best nonfiction writing published in English," for The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 (Yale University Press). Chair of the judges Simon Franklin called the winning book "a magnificent achievement. It weaves a wonderfully subtle and compelling story of the emergence of a national school of Russian painting."
A special subsidiary prize for the best Russian book in translation was awarded to Teffi’s Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea, translated into English for the first time by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler, Irina Steinberg and Anne-Marie Jackson (Pushkin Press).