Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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Samuel Johnson prize nominees: The Pike

4 November 2013 Last updated at 12:34 GMT

Author Lucy Hughes-Hallett has been nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, for her biography The Pike, published by 4th Estate.

The Pike is the story of the controversial life of Gabriele D'Annunzio, the debauched Italian artist who became a national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable.

Nick Higham spoke to Lucy about the book.