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Fine longlisted for Orwell Prize 2018

University of Melbourne academic and author Cordelia Fine has been longlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize for Books, for her book Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds (Icon Books).

Fine’s third book, Testosterone Rex debunks assumed ‘fundamental’ differences between men and women, and uses scientific evidence to challenge dominant ideas around gender.

The other titles longlisted for the £3000 (A$5480) prize for political writing are:

  • Winter (Ali Smith, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge, Bloomsbury)
  • What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (Mark Mazower, Other Press)
  • Threads from the Refugee Crisis (Kate Evans, Verso)
  • The Road to Somewhere (David Goodhart, Hurst Publishers)
  • The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason (Christopher de Bellaigue, Vintage)
  • Poverty Safari (Darren McGarvey, Luath Press)
  • Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain (Clair Wills, Penguin)
  • Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State (Chris Renwick, Penguin)
  • Bitch Doctrine (Laurie Penny, Bloomsbury)
  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present (Pankaj Mishra, Penguin).

Established in 1994, the annual award is presented to a work that comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Fine won the Royal Society Prize for Science Book of the Year for Testosterone Rex in 2017.

The winners will be announced on 18 May. For more information about the award, see the prize website.


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