Hope she likes London
Iraqi soldier manning Baghdad checkpoint
Blogger up for non-fiction award
An anonymous blog by a young woman in war-torn Iraq has been longlisted for BBC Four's Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
Baghdad Burning, a first-hand account written under the pseudonym Riverbend, is one of 19 books in contention.
Others include Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, a biography of 19th-Century cook and author Mrs Beeton and a study of post-war US-Soviet relations.
The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced on 14 June.
If she wins this, she'll probably have to live in exile for years to come. I've always thought it would come down to this, Riverbend fleeing for her life, because the Iraq she wanted was never, ever going to happen, and her mere present in the Iraq which exists wasn't going to be viable.
posted by Steve @ 1:33:00 AM