Black and British longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Books 2017
16 March 2017
By Pan Macmillan
Black and British by David Olusoga has been longlisted for Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, the Orwell Prize for Books.
The Orwell Prize uses the work of George Orwell to celebrate honest writing and reporting, to uncover hidden lives, to confront uncomfortable truths and, in doing so, to promote Orwell’s values of integrity, decency and fidelity to truth. Every year, the Orwell Prize award prizes for the work which comes closest to Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.
This year's diverse longlist features memoir, historical writing, fiction and reporting from established names and new voices, and reaches across the United Kingdom, Ireland, and beyond.
The judges commented: “From Hadrian’s Wall to Brexit and a dystopian fictional future, this year’s list offers a clear and calm perspective on Britain and its place in the world. The books reflect many aspects of Orwell’s literary character and interests: fiction, journalism, football, language and landscape”.
The full Orwell Prize for Books 2017 longlist:
by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
by John Bew (Quercus)
by Ruth Dudley Edwards (Oneworld)
by Hisham Matar (Viking)
Black and British
by David Olusoga (Macmillan)
The Life Project
by Helen Pearson (Allen Lane)
by Gideon Rachman (The Bodley Head)
All Out War
by Tim Shipman (HarperCollins UK)
by Rory Stewart (Vintage, Jonathan Cape)
by J. D. Taylor (Repeater)
And the Sun Shines Now
by Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)
by Mark Thompson (The Bodley Head)
by Hibo Wardere, in collaboration with Anna Wharton (Simon & Schuster)
Another Day in the Death of America
by Gary Younge (Guardian Faber)
Shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Books will be announced at a special lecture with Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader on Monday 15th May 2017, together with shortlists for the Orwell Prize for Journalism and the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. The winner of each £3000 prize will be announced at a ceremony during UCL’s Festival of Culture on Thursday 8th June 2017.