pushkin house Recommends

15 March, 2017

Ahead of the shortlist for this year's book prize, we are delighted to release 'Pushkin House Recommends': a list of 13 titles of the very best non-fiction writing on Russia published in 2016. It includes examples of history, memoir, journalism, art history, culture and natural history. The list also includes books which will make it to the shortlist of six, selected by this year's panel of judges, to be revealed on 25 April, 2017. The winner will be announced on 7 June, 2017 at an awards ceremony and dinner

The Pushkin House Book Prize - worth £5,000 to the winner - was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world. The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course Russian, are included. 

'Pushkin House Recommends' showcases the exciting and extraordinary range of books being published about Russia. The books have been chosen for their ability to challenge our knowledge and understanding of Russia in an engaging and thought-provoking way, and for being accessible to the wider reader.

We will be holding a series of events connected to 'Pushkin House Recommends' and the shortlist.

Daniel BeerThe House of the Dead (Allen Lane)

Rosalind P. BlakesleyThe Russian Canvas (Yale University Press)

Charles CloverBlack Wind, White Snow (Yale University Press)

Anne GarrelsPutin Country (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

James HarrisThe Great Fear (Oxford University Press)

Iwona Kaliszewska and Maciej FalkowskiVeiled and Unveiled (Hurst)

Aileen KellyThe Discovery of Chance: The Life and Thought of Alexander Herzen (Harvard University Press)

Catherine MerridaleLenin on the Train (Allen Lane)

Simon MorrisonBolshoi Confidential (Fourth Estate)

Simon Sebag MontefioreThe Romanovs (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Sooyong ParkThe Great Soul of Siberia: in Search of the Elusive Siberian Tiger (William Collins)

Teffi (trans. by Robert ChandlerAnne Marie JacksonElizabeth ChandlerIrina Steinberg with an introduction by Edyth C. Haber), Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea (Pushkin Press)

Mikhail ZygarAll the Kremlin's Men (Perseus)


Timetable for the 2017 Prize

November 2016: Prize opened for entries from publishers and 2017 judges announced

31 December 2016:  Prize closed for entries

15 March: 'Pushkin House Recommends' list published

25 April 2017: 2017 Shortlist announced

7 June 2017: Winner of Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2017 announced and presented at an award ceremony and dinner at The Charterhouse, London



The 2017 Pushkin Prize is being generously supported for the second year running by Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith and for the first year we are delighted to have the support of the Polonsky Foundation.


If you have any questions about the 'Pushkin House Recommends' list or the Book Prize, please email Rebecca Ostrovsky: rebecca.ostrovsky@pushkinhouse.org.uk


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