Samuel Johnson Prize list: Nominee William Dalrymple
2 November 2013 Last updated at 22:14 GMT
Return of a King by William Dalrymple has made the shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
Six books are in the running and they cover a raft of subjects - including bees, Roman Britain and Margaret Thatcher.
Nick Higham has been speaking to each of the authors looking to claim the prize.