Dr. Scott’s Book Nominated for Samuel Johnson Prize (Updated)

By Christopher Sarachilli | October 15, 2015

Update: Dr. Laurence Scott’s book, The Four Dimensional Human, was shortlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize. The winner will be announced Monday, Nov. 2. The other finalists are:

  • Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
  • Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
  • Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate 
  • The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq by Emma Sky
  • This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian

Original Story: The Four Dimensional Human, a book by Dr. Laurence Scott, professor of English and creative writing at Arcadia’s London center, was longlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. The UK-based, £20,000 prize is open to authors of nonfiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography, and the arts.

The shortlist for the prize will be announced Oct. 11, narrowing the field from 12 books to five.

In The Four Dimensional Human, Dr. Scott analyzes the impact that our growing connection to digital technology and social media have on our cognition, perception, and emotions. The book also won the 2014 Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award, which provided £10,000 for writing and research after receiving a first publishing contract.