Autism book wins non-fiction prize

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Steve Silberman is an award-winning scholarship writer

Author Steve Silberman has won a £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for his book about autism.

The judges pronounced Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently was a “tour de force” of journalistic and systematic research.

It is a initial renouned scholarship book to win a esteem in a 17-year history.

The shortlist had enclosed Jonathan Bate’s Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life and Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks.

Historian Anne Applebaum, chair of a judges, praised Silberman’s “compassionate journalism” and pronounced he excelled during regulating stories and anecdotes to explain formidable medical issues to a far-reaching audience.

The American author, who is formed in San Francisco, has been a scholarship author for Wired and other magazines such as a New Yorker, a MIT Technology Review, Nature and Salon for some-more than 20 years.

“We dignified Silberman’s work since it is powered by a strongly argued set of beliefs: that we should stop sketch pointy lines between what we assume to be ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, and that we should remember how most a differently-wired tellurian mind has, can and will minister to the world,” Applebaum said.

“He has injected a carefree note into a examination that’s routinely dominated by despair.”

Neurotribes, she added, was “a debate de force of archival, journalistic and systematic research, both deeply researched and widely accessible”.

In a examination of Silberman’s book, The Guardian described Neurotribes as “a retaining account created with journalistic verve”.

The £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize was won final year by Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk.


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Samuel Johnson Prize

The Samuel Prize 2015 shortlist:

  • Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life
  • Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks
  • Laurence Scott, The Four-Dimensional Human
  • Steve Silberman, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently
  • Emma Sky, The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq
  • Samanth Subramanian, This Divided Island

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