This innovative book tells the unique and fascinating story of mimicry and camouflage, linking this natural phenomenon to art, literature, military tactics and medical cures across the twentieth century, as well as charting its intricate involvement with the dispute between evolution and creationism.
The prize, which was launched in 2008, is a literary award that crosses all disciplines and nationalities. It is awarded every two years for an ‘excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form’, on a theme which changes with every award. This year’s theme is ‘colour’.
The panel of judges includes Michael Rosen (who is also chairing the panel for the 2011 prize) , Professor Nigel Thrift (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick), award-winning author Jenny Uglow, Times Literary Editor Erica Wagner and writer, cultural critic, public speaker and broadcaster Baroness Lola Young. Watch the judges discuss the shortlist below (video courtesy of Warwick University).
The winner of the prize, who will receive a cheque for £50,000, will be announced on 22nd March. The recipient of the previous prize in 2009 was Naomi Klein for The Shock Doctrine.
The full shortlist can be accessed here.