Turkish author jailed for life nominated for £50,000 book award

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Three years roughly to a day given a Turkish author Ahmet Altan was initial jailed in a arise of a country’s unsuccessful coup, he has been longlisted for a £50,000 Baillie Gifford esteem for non-fiction for his jail memoir, I Will Never See a World Again.

First detained in 2016, Altan received a life judgment in 2018 for promulgation out subliminal messages in foster of a coup” on radio and attempting to overpower a government. PEN America has called his seizure “a horrific attack on leisure of expression” and authors including JM Coetzee and AS Byatt have demanded his recover in an open minute observant that his “crime is not ancillary a manoeuvre though a efficacy of his critique of a stream government”.

Put together from records given to his lawyers, I Will Never See a World Again reflects that “never again would we be means to lick a lady we love, welcome my kids, accommodate with my friends, travel a streets … we would not be means to watch a sunrise.”

Altan’s discourse is on an heterogeneous 12-book longlist that ranges from Guardian publisher Amelia Gentleman’s exposé The Windrush Betrayal, to Furious Hours, Casey Cep’s review into Harper Lee’s attempts to write a loyal crime story.

The longlist covers contemporary issues – Azadeh Moaveni’s Guest House for Young Widows follows a immature women who chose to join Islamic State, while Catrina Davies reflects on a housing predicament in Homesick – as good as some-more chronological stories such as William Dalrymple’s investigate of a East India Company, The Anarchy, and William Feaver’s autobiography The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth.

Observer art censor Laura Cumming creates a cut for On Chapel Sands, her review into her mother’s abduction during a age of three. Historian Hallie Rubenhold is selected for The Five, her autobiography of a women killed by Jack a Ripper, while Dorian Lynskey creates it for his “biography” of George Orwell’s 1984, The Ministry of Truth.

Hallie Rubenhold. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

The longlist is finished by Julia Lovell’s Maoism: A Global History, and Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean, about a anarchy of a high seas and those who live them.

Stig Abell, editor of a Times Literary Supplement and chair of judges, pronounced a row had “ended adult with a longlist of books that are by turns provocative, judicial and pleasing pieces of work”.

“Above all, they are companionable: stories to that we are happy to spin and return, some with contemporary resonances, others that are some-more timeless,” pronounced Abell. “Going from 12 down to 6 and afterwards picking a leader is going to be a bit of a challenge.”

The leader of a esteem will be announced on 19 November, fasten prior winners including Serhii Plokhy, who took a endowment final year for Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, Antony Beevor and Jonathan Coe.

Baillie Gifford esteem 2019 longlist

I Will Never See a World Again by Ahmet Altan (Granta Books)
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and a Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (William Heinemann)
On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming (Chatto Windus)
The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of a East India Company by William Dalrymple (Bloomsbury)
Homesick: Why we Live in a Shed by Catrina Davies (Riverrun)
The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth by William Feaver (Bloomsbury)
The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing a Hostile Environment by Amelia Gentleman (Guardian Faber)
Maoism: A Global History by Julia Lovell (Vintage)
The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 by Dorian Lynskey (Picador)
Guest House for Young Widows by Azadeh Moaveni (Scribe)
The Five: The Untold Lives of a Women Killed by Jack a Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday)
The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina (Vintage)

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