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Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter scoops book prize

A book about China's disastrous Great Leap Forward policy has won the £20,000 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.

Mao's Great Famine, by Dutch historian Frank Dikotter, beat five other short-listed titles to the award.

The BBC's Nick Higham spoke to Mr Dikotter shortly after he accepted the prize to find out what inspired him to write the novel.

  • 06 Jul 2011
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