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.
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