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Book awards: Orwell Prize shortlist

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Works (83)

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Bad Men by Clive Stafford Smith2008
The Islamist by Ed Husain2008
Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka2008
What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way by Nick Cohen2008
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths2008
William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner by William Hague2008
Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour by Hsiao-Hung Pai2009
Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid2009
Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt2009
Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival by Owen Matthews2009
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thompson2009
An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah2010
Freedom for Sale: Why the World Is Trading Democracy for Security by John Kampfner2010
From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and Its Legacy by Kenan Malik2010
It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower by Michela Wrong2010
Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town by Christopher de Bellaigue2010
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore2011
Death to the Dictator!: A Young Man Casts a Vote in Iran's 2009 Election and Pays a Devastating Price by Afsaneh Moqadam2011
Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens2011
Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus by Oliver Bullough2011
Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan by D. R. Thorpe2011
The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India by Siddhartha Deb2012
DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You by Misha Glenny2012
Hood Rat by Gavin Knight2012
The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China by Julia Lovell2012
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry2012
Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan2013
From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia by Pankaj Mishra2013
Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America by Clive Stafford Smith2013
Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt by Richard Holloway2013
Occupation Diaries by Raja Shehadeh2013
On the Front Line: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin by Marie Colvin2013
The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration by David Goodhart2014
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur2014
Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands by Charles Moorenot in English Common Knowledge2014
The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter2014
The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia by James Fergusson2014
Capital: The Eruption of Delhi by Rana Dasgupta2015
Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies2015
In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies2015
Modernity Britain: 1957-1962 by David Kynaston2015
The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited by Louisa Lim2015
Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution by Wendell Steavenson2016
The New Threat: The Past, Present, and Future of Islamic Militancy by Jason Burke2016
Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay2016
The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905 by Ferdinand Mount2016
The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq by Emma Sky2016
All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class by Tim Shipman2017
And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain by Adrian Tempany2017
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge2017
Island Story by J. D. Taylor2017
The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards2017
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher De BellaiguePolitical Fiction, 2018
Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills2018
Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia FinePolitical Fiction, 2018
What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home by Mark Mazower2018
Winter by Ali Smith2018
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora KrugPolitical Writing, 2019
The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations by David PillingPolitical Writing, 2019
House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa TshumaPolitical Fiction, 2019
Ironopolis by Glen James BrownPolitical Fiction, 2019
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco CantúPolitical Writing, 2019
Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back by Oliver BulloughPolitical Writing, 2019
Nightmarch: Among India's Revolutionary Guerrillas by Alpa ShahPolitical Writing, 2019
Ordinary People by Diana EvansPolitical Fiction, 2019
Sabrina by Nick DrnasoPolitical Fiction, 2019
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy EllmannFiction, 2020
Girl by Edna O'BrienFiction, 2020
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine EvaristoFiction, 2020
Heaven, My Home by Attica LockeFiction, 2020
The Nickel Boys by Colson WhiteheadFiction, 2020
The Wall by John LanchesterFiction, 2020
African Europeans: An Untold History by Olivette OtelePolitical Writing, 2021
Afterlives by Abdulrazak GurnahPolitical Fiction, 2021
Apeirogon by Colum McCannPolitical Fiction, 2021
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke EmeziPolitical Fiction, 2021
Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara DemickPolitical Writing, 2021
English Pastoral: An Inheritance by James RebanksPolitical Writing, 2021
The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery by Michael TaylorPolitical Writing, 2021
Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care by Madeleine BuntingPolitical Writing, 2021
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan AlamPolitical Fiction, 2021
Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women by Christina LambPolitical Writing, 2021
The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettPolitical Fiction, 2021

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The Orwell Prize is the pre-eminent British prize for political writing.

Four prizes are awarded each year: one each for non-fiction and fiction (fiction first awarded in 2019), one for journalism and one for 'Exposing Britain's Social Evils' (established 2015); a fifth prize was awarded for blogging between 2009 and 2012. In each case, the winner is the short-listed entry which comes closest to George Orwell's own ambition to "make political writing into an art". (Wikipedia).

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