The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books has been running since 1988 and the judging meetings are always exciting to attend. There’s nothing better than spending the afternoon discussing popular science books, and this year has certainly been a treat discussing them with this year’s judges, Lucy Siegle, Dr Emily Flashman, Joanne Harris, Jon Culshaw and the chair of the group, Professor Uta Frith FBA FRS.

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Their September meeting a couple of weeks ago included much debate over which six books were going to make the all important shortlist. As you can see from the longlist, there was a lot of variation in the books, covering subjects such as distant stars to the air around us. It was a difficult decision for all the judges but they were finally able to decide on this shortlist of six.

  • Bird sense by Tim Birkhead
  • The particle at the end of the universe by Sean Carroll
  • Cells to civilizations by Enrico Coen
  • Pieces of light by Charles Fernyhough
  • The book of barely imagined beings by Caspar Henderson
  • Ocean of life by Callum Roberts

On 25 November we will be holding a free public event open to everyone with these authors, who will give readings from their books and discuss their thoughts on the topics covered with our host Dara O Briain. We will also be announcing the winner of the 2013 prize at the end of this event. To let us know what you think about these books tweet us on @royalsociety using #scibooks.