Longman-History Today Book of the Year 2014: The Shortlist

After much debate, the shortlist for this year's book prize has been decided.

This year's shortlisted books

The shortlist for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year has been decided.

The award, hosted by History Today and the publisher Longman, is given for an author’s first or second work of history published between October 2012 and September 2013. The winning book will have contributed significantly to making its subject accessible and rewarding to the general reader of history

After much debate, the judges – Professor Jeremy Black, filmmaker Taylor Downing, Professor Miri Rubin and History Today editor Paul Lay – whittled down more than 80 entries to just six. The nominees are, in alphabetical order:

Barbara Crawford, The Northern Earldoms: Orkney and Caithness from AD 870-1470 (John Donald/Birlinn)

George W. Gawrych, The Young Ataturk: From Ottoman Soldier to Statesman of Turkey (I.B. Tauris)

Lucy Inglis, Georgian London: Into the Streets (Viking)

Henry Reece, The Army in Cromwellian England 1649-1660 (Oxford University Press)

Christine Stevenson, The City and the King: Architecture and Politics in Restoration London (Yale University Press)

Calder Walton, Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire (HarperPress)

The winner will be announced at the annual History Today awards evening to be held on January 14th, 2014.

Previous year's winners and nominees