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.
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)
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.