Blog: Shortlist for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books


The Royal Society has announced the shortlist for its 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. The shortlisted books are accessible, interesting and compelling accounts about us and the world around us.

The winning book will be announced at a public event on 25 November 2013. The winning author will receive £25,000, while shortlisted authors receive £2,500.

  • Book:Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • Book:The Particle at the End of the Universe
  • Book:Cells to Civilizations
  • Book:Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory
  • Book:The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Book:Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea

The judging panel:

  • Jon Culshaw, Impressionist and comedian
  • Dr Emily Flashman, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FRS, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • Joanne Harris, Novelist and author of Chocolat
  • Lucy Siegle, Journalist and writer on environmental issues


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