Awards: Cundill History, William Hill Sports Book Shortlists

The shortlisted titles for the $75,000 Cundill History Prize, honoring the best history writing in English and sponsored by McGill University, are:

The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsar by Daniel Beer (Allen Lane)
Vietnam: A New History by Christopher Goscha (Basic)
The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel (Princeton University Press)

The winner will be announced November 16.


Seven finalists were announced for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year (the "Bookie"), which awards a £29,000 (US$38,335) cash prize, a free £2,500 ($3,304) William Hill bet and a day at the races. The winner will be named November 28. This year's shortlisted titles are:

The Greatest Comeback: From Genocide to Football Glory by David Bolchover
Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert
Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth
Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath
Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao
Breaking Ground: Art, Archaeology and Mythology, edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood 

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