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Samuel Johnson Prize list: Nominee William Dalrymple

2 November 2013 Last updated at 22:14 GMT

Return of a King by William Dalrymple has made the shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Six books are in the running and they cover a raft of subjects - including bees, Roman Britain and Margaret Thatcher.

Nick Higham has been speaking to each of the authors looking to claim the prize.