James Gleick wins the 2011-12 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History

The Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History has been awarded to The Information by James Gleick (published by Fourth Estate). The book was described by the judges as ‘bold and arresting’.

The £3,000 prize is awarded annually by the writers’ charity English PEN for a work of popular history. This year’s judges were Bryan Ward-Perkins (chair), Amanda Foreman and Caroline Moorehead.

The Judging Committee said: ‘The judges were overwhelmed by the excellence of the books submitted for this year’s Hessell-Tiltman History Prize. But in James Gleick’s book, The Information, we found something quite remarkable and were struck again and again by the way that his book stayed in the mind.’

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