Man Booker prize judge experiences life on the list as his travelogue The Old Ways vies with poetry and fiction for £25,000 awardHistory, science, poetry and fiction books are vying for the £25,000 Warwick prize for writing. The shortlist is led by Robert Macfarlane’s “intricate, sensuous, haunted” The Old Ways, about walking the pathways of the British Isles, and Jim Al-Khalili’s Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science, a history of the “bubbling invention and delighted curiosity of the Islamic world”.”I like to think of the Warwick prize as capacious,” said Ian Sansom, professor of English and comparative literary studies at Warwick University and chair of the judges for the biennial prize. “We hope to draw on works of all kinds with intellectual, scientific and imaginative energy and clarity.” The prize is unusual in that nominations are invited from members of staff and students, and whittled down by the judges to the six books on the shortlist.Alice Oswald, winner of the 2002 TS Eliot prize, is shortlisted for Memorial, a reworking of Homer’s Illiad memorialising every solider’s death to create “remembering on a grand scale”. Delusions of Gender, the cognitive neuroscientist Cordelia Fine’s study of the science underpinning gender stereotypes, …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books