The Orwell Prize 2015: Book Longlist

The Orwell Prize 2015 Longlists announced
announcement of March 25, 2015  from Orwell Prize website

Not an area I would often consider but I was taken with the wide range of subjects, authors and journalists from the heavier papers and journals that are being considered and their concern at casting a serious light on the current problems of society, albeit mostly in the UK.  Problems that Orwell would  been just as forthright about, as well as unsurprised at their (in many cases, continued) existence and that need of focus and attention.

Books, Journalists, and social reporting announced for Orwell Prize Longlist 2015

– Book Prize longlist includes four first-time authors as well as several established political writers
– Journalism Prize longlist includes Economist writer Rosie Blau and Middle East reporter David Gardner
– Prestigious new reporting prize longlist includes journalism on themes as diverse as London’s housing problems and the problem of loneliness amongst the elderly.

Longlists for the Orwell Prize 2015, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, were announced at 12pm today. From hundreds of entries, 12 books, 15 journalists, and 14 pieces of social reporting were chosen.
The judges for the 2015 Book Prize are Claire Armitstead, Gillian Slovo, and Tony Wright. The judges for the 2015 Journalism Prize are Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Stewart Purvis, and Caroline Thomson. The judges for the 2015 Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils are Anushka Asthana, Richard Sambrook, Nicholas Timmins, and Julia Unwin. The three £3000 prizes will be announced in a ceremony on 21st May 2015.

The director of the , Professor Jean Seaton, said: “We take journalism for granted as just part of our everyday experience. But when you sit down and read the journalism and political writing that has come in for the prize, it is so good that it is almost shocking. The new Joseph Rowntree Foundation-sponsored prize also shows just how journalism is evolving in tremendous new ways. The Book Prize longlist, meanwhile, offers a fabulous array of insights into our national and international situation: they are great books that together help analyse the world.”
Stewart Purvis, a judge for the 2015 Journalism Prize, said: “The entries provide an encouraging and rather reassuring snapshot of the writing talent currently at work across the U.K. I came away optimistic that journalism is flourishing in both old and new ways.”
Anushka Asthana, a judge for the 2015 Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, said: “What each of these impressive long list entries achieved was to combine cutting edge investigative journalism with beautifully crafted storytelling – whether that be in print, on TV, or through innovative digital platforms.” Fellow judge Nick Timmins stated: “The entries showed that the issues remain live, but so does some excellent reporting of them – increasingly by using a mix of words and video, or graphics and analysis, in ways that blur the distinctions between print, broadcasting, and online.”

Orwell Book Prize 2015   longlist:
Jamie Bartlett, THE DARK NET (William Heinemann)
John Campbell, ROY JENKINS (Jonathan Cape)
Rana Dasgupta, CAPITAL: THE ERUPTION OF DELHI (Canongate)
Dan Davies, IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE LIFE AND LIES OF JIMMY SAVILE (Quercus)
Nick Davies, HACK ATTACK (Chatto & Windus)
Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, REVOLT ON THE RIGHT (Routledge)
Zia Haider Rahman, IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW (Pan Macmillan)
David Kynaston, MODERNITY BRITAIN (Bloomsbury)
Louisa Lim, THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF AMNESIA (Oxford University Press)
David Marquand, MAMMON’S KINGDOM: AN ESSAY ON BRITAIN, NOW (Penguin)
James Meek, PRIVATE ISLAND: WHY BRITAIN NOW BELONGS TO SOMEONE ELSE (Verso)
Lara Pawson, IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE: ANGOLA’S FORGOTTEN MASSACRE (I. B. Tauris)

Journalism Prize longlist:
Ian Birrell, Mail On Sunday, The Guardian
Rosie Blau, The Economist
Martin Chulov, The Guardian
David Gardner, The Financial Times
Anthony Loyd, The Times
James Meek, London Review of Books
Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, OpenDemocracy.net, Lacuna, New Statesman
Melanie Phillips, The Times, The Spectator
David Pilling, Financial Times
Steve Richards, The Independent
Mary Riddell, The Daily Telegraph
Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday
Clare Sambrook, OpenDemocracy.net
Kim Sengupta, The Independent

Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils longlist:
George Arbuthnott, Slaves in peril on the sea
Lucy Bannerman, FGM: Child abuse that’s gone mainstream
Michael Buchanan and Andy McNicoll, Mental health crisis
Aditya Chakrabortty and Guardian team, London’s housing crisis
Steve Connor, The lost girls
Edward Docx, Walking with Karl
Alison Holt, Care of the elderly and vulnerable
Nick Mathiason, A great British housing crisis
Lindsay Pantry, Loneliness: The hidden epidemic
Lindsay Poulton and Guardian team, The shirt on your backs
Randeep Ramesh, Casino-style gambling
Louise Tickle, Domestic abuse: How victims are failed by society and the state
Times team, Secrets of Britain’s teen terror trade uncovered
Mark Townsend, Serco: A hunt for the truth inside Yarl’s Wood

ENDS

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