Doris Lessing has passed away in London at the age of 94. The author of more than thirty books—novels, short story and poetry collections, reportage, and plays—Lessing's diverse body of work was recognized officially in 2007 when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her full New York Times obituary can be read here.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett's Gabriele d'Annunzio has won the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. One of the most highly regarded prizes for non-fiction books the Samuel Johnson Prize "aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts," and comes with £20,000 award. Click here to view a list of our previous winners and finalists.