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Mrs Woolf and the Servants by Alison LightTwo books that feature Virginia Woolf are in the running for for this year’s Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, according to the Guardian.

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light’s account of Woolf’s relationships with her live-in staff, is one.  In it, Light explores the ’sordid’ power struggle between Virginia Woolf and her live-in cook, Nellie.

Lisa Appignanesi’s Mad, Bad and Sad, a history covering the way women were treated for mental issues, is the other.

Both books are included among 20 books on the longlist.

The shortlist of five books will be announced May 15, with the £30,000 prize to the top book awarded at a July 15 ceremony in London.

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