Thursday, March 29, 2012

Orwell Prize 2012 Longlist Announced

The longlist for this year’s Orwell Book Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, has been announced today, Wednesday 28th March 2012.

 Book Prize
A record 264 books were whittled down to 18 by this year’s judges, Miranda Carter (writer and winner of the Orwell Prize 2002 for Anthony Blunt: His Lives), Sameer Rahim (assistant books editor, Daily Telegraph) and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (previously shortlisted for Just Law).

The longlisted books are:
Rodric Braithwaite  Afgansty (Profile Books)
Sherard Cowper-Cowles  Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign (HarperPress)
Siddhartha Deb  The Beautiful and the Damned: A portrait of the New India (Penguin)
Misha Glenny  Dark Market: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You (Vintage)
Robin Harris  The Conservatives: A History (Transworld Publishers)
Toby Harnden  Dead Men Risen (Quercus)
Christopher Hitchens  Arguably (Atlantic books)
Gavin Knight  Hood Rat (Picador)
Anatol Lieven  Pakistan: A hard country (Penguin)
Richard Lloyd Parry  People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman (Jonathan Cape)
Julia Lovell  The Opium War (Pan Macmillan)
Caroline Moorehead  A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival (Vintage)
Douglas Murray  Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and The Saville Inquiry (Biteback publishing)
Sonia Purnell  Just Boris: The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity
Jeffrey Sachs  The Price of Civilization (Vintage)
Lucy Siegle  To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World (HarperPress)
Christopher Turner  Adventures in the Orgasmatron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex (HarperPress)
Conor Woodman  Unfair Trade (Hutchinson)

Christopher Hitchens is longlisted for a second consecutive year after making it onto the 2011 shortlist with ‘Hitch-22’.  Also longlisted for a second time is Anatol Lieven, who first appeared on the longlist in 1994.

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