‘Black Spartacus,’ Beatles book vie for nonfiction Decoration

A view of the stage appears before the start of the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LONDON — Novels about a Haitian radical, The Beatles and the mind are finalists for Britain’s top nonfiction literary award.

Contenders declared Thursday for its 50,000-pound ($65,000) Baillie Gifford Prize comprise Sudhir Hazareesingh’s”Black Spartacus,” a biography of Toussaint Louverture, who headed a slave uprising that sparked Haitian freedom in the 18th century; Craig Brown’s”One Two Three Four: The Beatles at Time” along with Matthew Cobb’s”The Concept of the Brain”

Also on the shortlist ate Christina Lamb’s book about war and women, “Our Bodies, Their Battlefield”; Amy Stanley’s”Stranger at the Shogun’s City,” about a woman’s lifetime in 19th-century Japan; and fact-based ghost story”The Haunting of Alma Fielding,” by Kate Summerscale.

The award recognizes English-language novels in current affairs, politics, history, science, game, travel, biography, autobiography, and the arts.

The winner will be announced in an electronic service on Nov. 24.