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Lovell wins US$75k Cundill History Prize for ‘Maoism’

In Canada, British author and Chinese literature translator Julia Lovell has won the 2019 Cundill History Prize, worth US$75,000 (A$110,050), for her book Maoism: A Global History (The Bodley Head).

Jury chair Alan Taylor called Maoism a ‘revelation’. ‘Julia Lovell thoroughly explores the origins of Maoism in China, and then goes on to show us the many ways in which Maoist thought has influenced societies as different as Peru and Indonesia, Europe and the United States,’ said Taylor. ‘Her book will dazzle readers with lucid and vivid insights into the power of a protean, and often deadly, ideology—and its enduring impact on our world today. Julia Lovell has written an exceptional work of history.’

Maoism was chosen as the winner from a list of three finalists and a shortlist of eight titles.

The prize is administered by McGill University in Montreal and is open to any history book published in English.

For more information about the prize, visit the website.


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