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Orwell Prize

British prize for political writing. FOur prizes are awarded each year : fiction, non-fiction book on politics, journalism, and "exposing Britain's social evils" which is mostly media-based. We will only cover the fiction and non-fiction prizes.

Orwell Prize

For Political Writing

Combined Book Category 1994-2018


The Baltic Revolution : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence by Anatol Lieven

In Search of a State : Catholics in Northern Ireland by Fionnuala O'Connor

Season of Blood : a Rwandan Journey by Fergal Keane

Mukiwa : a White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin

Jennie Lee : a Life by Patricia Hollis

Alexander Solzhenitsyn : a Century in His Life by D. M. Thomas


The Case of Stephen Lawrence by Brian Cathcart

Virtual War by Michael Ignatieff

Anthony Blunt : His Lives by Miranda Carter

WINNER:  Hoo-hahs and Passing Frenzies : Collected Journalism 1991-2000 by Francis Wheen


  • Chance Witness : An Outisder's Life in Politics by Matthew Parris
  • London Orbital : a Walk Around the M25 by Iain Sinclair
  • Marianne in Chains : in Search of he German Occupation 1940-45 by Robert Gildea
  • Patriots : National Identity in Britain 1940-2000 by Richard Weight
  • Stone Voices : the Search for Scotland by Neal Ascherson

WINNER:  The Breaking of Nations : Order and Chaos in the Twenty First Century by Robert Cooper


  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali

  • Margaret Thatcher - Volume Two : The Iron Lady

  • Rising '44 : The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies

  • Supping with the Devils : Political Journalism from Thatcher to Blair by Hugo Young

WINNER:  The Likes of Us : a Biography of the White Working Class by Michael Collins


  • Free World by Timothy Garton Ash

  • Just Law by Helena Kennedy

  • My Trade : a Short History of British Journalism by Andrew Marr

  • Occidentalism : a Short History of Anti-Westernism by Ian Buruma & Avishai Margalit

  • Wartime : Britain 1939-1945 by Juliet Gardiner

WINNER:  Moses, Citizen and Me by Delia Jarrett-Macauley


  • Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew by Bernard Hare

  • The Secret of Bryn Estyn : the Making of a Modern Witch Hunt by Richard Webster

  • I Didn't Do It For You : How the World Used and Abused a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong

  • Frontline : the True Story of the British Mavericks Who Changed the Face of War Reporting by David Loyn

  • Black Gold of the Sun : Searching for Home in England and Africa by Ekow Eshun

WINNER:  Having It So Good : Britain in the 1950s by Peter Hennessy


  • Thatcher and Sons : a Revolution in Three Acts by Simon Jenkins

  • Occupational Hazards : My Time Governing in Iraq by Rory Stewart

  • Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs : Waste and Blundering in the Military by Lewis Page

  • Bad Faith : a Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland by Carmen Callil

  • Alexis de Tocqueville : Prophet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution by Hugh Brogan

WINNER:  Palestinian Walks : Forays into a Vanishing Landscape by Raja Shehadeh


  • What's Left? by Nick Cohen

  • Wild by Jay Griffiths

  • William Wilberforce by William Hague

  • The Islamist by Ed Husain

  • Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka

  • Bad Men by Clive Stafford Smith

WINNER:  Fishing in Utopia : Sweden and the Future That Disappeared by Andrew Brown


  • Reappraisals : Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt

  • Stalin's Children : Three Generations of Love and War by Owen Matthews

  • Chinese Whispers : the True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour by Hsiao-Hung Pai

  • Descent into Chaos : the United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

  • The White War : Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1918 by Mark Thompson


WINNER:  Keeper by Andrea Gillies


  • Rebel Land : Among Turkey's Forgotten Peoples by Christopher de Bellaigue

  • An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah

  • Freedom For Sale : How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty by John Kampfner

  • From Fatwa to Jihad : the Rushdie Affair and Its Legacy by Kenan Malik

  • It's Our Turn to Eat : the Story of a Kenyan Whistle Blower by Michela Wrong

WINNER:  The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham


  • Death to the Dictator! : Witnessing Iran's Election and the Crippling of the Islamic Republic by Afsaneh Moqadam

  • Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

  • Let Our Fame Be Great : Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus by Oliver Bullough

  • Supermac : the Life of Harold Macmillan by D. R. Thorpe

  • The Betrayal by Helen Dunmmore

WINNER:  The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham


  • DarkMarket : CyberThieves, CyberCops and You by Misha Glenny

  • Hood Rat by Gavin Knight

  • People Who Eat Darkness : the Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry

  • The Beautiful and the Damned : Life in the New India by Deb Siddhartha

  • The Opium War by Julia Lovell

WINNER:  A Very British Killing : The Death of Baha Mouse by A. T. Williams


  • Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan

  • From the Ruins of the Empire by Pankaj Mishra

  • Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith

  • Leaving Alexandria by Richard Holloway

  • On the Front Line : the Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin by Marie Colvin

WINNER:  This Boy : a Memoir of a Childhood


  • Coolie Woman by Gaiutra Bahadur

  • Not for Turning by Charles Moore

  • The British Dream by David Goodhart

  • The Tragedy of Liberation by Frank Dikõtter

  • the World's Most Dangerous Place by James Fergusson

WINNER:  Private Island : Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else by James Meek


  • Capital : The Eruption of Delhi by Rana Dasgupt

  • Hack Attack : How the Truth Caught UP with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies

  • In Plain Sight : the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies

  • Modernity Britain : Opening the Box, 1957-1959

  • People's Republic of Amnesia : Tiananmen Revisited by Louisa Lim

WINNER:  The Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky


  • Circling the Square by Wendell Steavenson

  • Other People's Money by John Kay

  • The New Threat from Islamic Militancy by Jason Burke

  • The Tears of the Rajas by Ferdinand Mount

  • The Unraveling by Emma Sky

WINNER:  Citizen Clem : a Biography of Attlee by John Bew


  • The Seven : the Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards

  • All Out War : the Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class by Tim Shipman

  • Island Story : Journeys Around Unfamiliar Britain by J. D. Taylor

  • And the Sun Shines Now : How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain by Adrian Tempany

  • Another Day in the Death of America : a Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge

WINNER:  Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey


  • The Islamic Enlightenment : the Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason by Christopher de BEllaigue

  • Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine

  • What You Did Not Tell by Mark Mazower

  • Winter by Ali Smith

  • Lovers and Strangers : an Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills