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Six highly readable books covering history, politics and graphic reportage written by authors from Russia, the UK, the US and France were today (Friday, April 20, 2018) shortlisted for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2018. The award supports the best non-fiction writing in English on the Russian-speaking world, selected by a panel of distinguished judges.

For the first time in the history of the prize, the shortlist was announced in Moscow at an event at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Sir Nick Clegg, chair of the judges, said: “This is a fantastic and varied selection of high quality books on Russia, of as much interest to the general as the specialist reader. Each of these titles will give any reader a better understanding of Russia's history, culture and outlook. This has never been more important given the current tensions between Russian and the West. It was a tough but fascinating process for the judges to pick only six.”

The 2018 shortlisted titles are (click on each for more information):  

∙  Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation. Rodric Braithwaite (Profile Books)

∙  Other Russias. Victoria Lomasko. (Penguin), translated from the Russian by Thomas Campbell (first published by n+1)

∙  The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad. Alexis Peri. (Harvard University Press)

∙  Stalin’s Meteorologist: One Man’s Untold Story of Love, Life, and Death. Olivier Rolin. (Penguin) translated from the French by Ros Schwartz

∙  The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution. Yuri Slezkine. (Princeton University Press)

∙  Gorbachev: His Life and Times. William Taubman. (Simon & Schuster)

The panel of judges for the 2018 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize comprises: Sir Nick Clegg (chair), Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s Coalition Government 2010-15; Rosalind Blakesley, Head of the department of the history of art at Cambridge University; Oleg Budnitsky, Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics; Dervla Murphy, Irish author; and John Thornhill, innovation editor of the Financial Times and a former Moscow Bureau Chief.

The winner of the 2018 Prize will be announced on Thursday 7th June at a dinner hosted by Pushkin House, the home of Russian culture in London, and will receive £5,000. The dinner will be held at the Charterhouse. Tickets are now on sale and can be bought online here.

The award was established in 2012 to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world.