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Autumn/Winter 2013 Highlights
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE  1492) by Simon Schama Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty, 1914-1918 by Emily Mayhew An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention by Matthew Kneale Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler by Philip Ball Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom
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The Financial Times and The Bodley Head are proud to announce their second annual essay prize.

The Bodley Head/FTcompetition is looking for talented young voices in global non-fiction writing. This year’s competition launches with an essay by the inaugural 2012 winner, Hedley Twidle, Revisiting Highway N2.

The judges are looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay of no more than 3500 words.  It can be journalistic; it can be a case study; it can be wide-ranging or minutely focused. In keeping with the ethos of The Bodley Head and the Financial Times, it can address any topic – from finance to history, from current affairs to a scientific discovery. Last year’s entries ranged widely, from scarecrows to NGOs to American imperialism.

The competition is open to anyone aged 18–35 years old. The deadline for entries is 24th November 2013 (midnight GMT), and should be sent to More details on how to submit an entry are available at

The prize for the winner will be £1000, an e-publication with the Bodley Head and a mentoring session with the Financial Times/The Bodley Head. The winning essay will be published in the Financial Times in December. Two runners up will win £500 each and be involved in a separate e-publication with the winner.

2013 judges: Simon Schama, Tom Weldon (CEO, Penguin Random House UK), Stuart Williams (Publisher, The Bodley Head), Dan Franklin (Digital Publisher, Random House Group), Lucy Tuck (Editor of Life and Arts, Financial Times) and Caroline Daniel (Editor, Financial Times Weekend).

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