NZ author Salmond shortlisted for UK Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize

New Zealand author Anne Salmond’s Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds (Auckland University Press) has been shortlisted for the British Academy’s 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize.

Salmond’s book examines the early encounters between Maori and Europeans (1769-1840), and looks at New Zealand as a ‘site of cosmo-diversity’—a place where worlds collide.

The other shortlisted titles are:

  • The Islamic Enlightenment (Christopher de Bellaigue, Vintage)
  • Al-Britannia (James Fergusson, Transworld)
  • Border (Kapka Kassabova, Granta)
  • Black Tudors (Miranda Kaufmann, Oneworld)
  • I Was Told to Come Alone (Souad Mekhennet, Virago).

Worth £25,000 (A$45,770), the annual prize celebrates the best works of nonfiction that have contributed to global cultural understanding and aims to ‘illuminate the interconnections and divisions of culture and identity in world civilisation’. The award was founded by international relations academic Nayef Al-Rodhan in 2013.

The winner of the prize will be announced at a ceremony held at the British Academy in London on 30 October.

For more information about the prize, see the website.

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