Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, April 22, 2016
THE ORWELL PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2016 SHORTLISTS
The shortlist for the Orwell Prize for
Books 2016 was announced today, Thursday 21st April 2016.
Three of the shortlisted
books focus on the Middle East: Wendell Steavenson’s Circling the Square,
Emma Sky’s The
Unravelling and Jason Burke’s The New Threat from
Two books from
independent publishers Atlantic Books make the shortlist
Almost all of the
shortlisted books are concerned with ‘chaos’ - from the immersion in
it to the attempt to make sense of it.
The Orwell Prize for Books Shortlist
The New Threat from
Islamic Militancy, by Jason Burke (Bodley Head)
Other People’s Money, by John Kay (Profile
The Tears of the Rajas, by Ferdinand Mount
(Simon and Schuster)
The Invention of Russia, by Arkady Ostrovsky
The Unravelling, by Emma Sky (Atlantic
Circling the Square, by Wendell Steavenson
The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most
prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year to the
book which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political
writing into an art’.