A record 213 books were whittled down to a longlist of 18 and then the shortlist of 6 by this year’s judges, Jim Naughtie (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today and Bookclub programmes, former chair of the Man Booker Prize judges), Ursula Owen (founder director of Virago Press, former editor of Index on Censorship, project director of the Free Word Centre) and Will Skidelsky (books editor of The Observer).
Dunmore, Helen The Betrayal (Fig Tree)
Hitchens, Christopher Hitch-22 (Atlantic Books)
Moqadam, Afsaneh Death to the Dictator! (The Bodley Head)
Thorpe, D. R. Supermac: The Life of Harold MacMillan (Chatto & Windus)
This year’s shortlist of 7 journalists (instead of the usual 6) came from the longlist of 15 journalists (up from the usual 12), out of a record field of 87 journalists. This year’s judges are Martin Bright (political editor of the Jewish Chronicle, founder and chief executive of New Deal of the Mind, shortlisted for the Journalism Prize 2007) and Michela Wrong (journalist and author, previously shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for all three of her books).
The shortlisted journalists are:
Mayer, Catherine TIME
Rachman, Gideon Financial Times
Shabi, Rachel The Guardian
Walsh, Declan The Guardian; Granta
Amelia Gentleman is shortlisted for a second consecutive year. Shortlisted Gideon Rachman was longlisted for last year’s Blog Prize. Journalism from TIME (with Catherine Mayer), the Financial Times (with Gideon Rachman) and Granta (with Declan Walsh) is recognised on an Orwell Prize shortlist for the first time.
Director of the Prize, Jean Seaton, said: ‘Wikileaks has shown how vital journalism is to creating public knowledge out of facts: and this year’s shortlist covers the strengths of modern reporting, out on the streets of Britain and the world, witnessing and telling important stories – and then the other end, judging, provoking, thinking.’
7 bloggers, rather than the usual 6, have been shortlisted for this year’s Prize. 22 bloggers (rather than the usual 12) were longlisted from a record 205 entries. This year’s judges are David Allen Green (shortlisted for the Blog Prize 2010 as ‘Jack of Kent’) and Gaby Hinsliff (journalist and blogger, former political editor of The Observer).
Duncan McLaren Visiting Mabel (http://www.saga.co.uk/health/carers/blog/visiting-mabel/archive.asp)
Molly Bennett Mid-Wife Crisis (http://mid-wife-crisis-blog.blogspot.com/)
Paul Mason, cited in Newsnight’s Special Prize win in 2007, is shortlisted for a second time (having been previously shortlisted for the inaugural Blog Prize in 2009). The Heresiarch was previously longlisted in 2009.