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Barbara Demick wins 2010 Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize

Nothing to Envy

Journalist and author Barbara Demick has won the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the richest non-fiction prize in the U.K., for her book Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea.

Evan Davis, chair of the committee of judges, said: "It is the personal detail in Nothing to Envy that makes it both gripping and moving. Nowhere will you find a better account of real life in North Korea, a society that is all too easily comically typecast by massive parades of co-ordinated flag-wavers. I think we knew this book had something when we found ourselves reading it out loud to spouses and partners. And it is a real testament to Demick's writing, that a book on such a grim topic can be so hard to put down."

Currently available in hardcover, Nothing to Envy will be published in paperback this October.

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