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Press Release: Prizes and Awards
Shortlists Announced For The Paddy Power And Total Politics Political Book Awards

Posted at 1:01AM Thursday 06 Dec 2012

Political heavyweights Alastair Campbell, Jack Straw, Andrew Adonis, Mary Robinson and Daniel Hannan join BBC journalists Nick Robinson, Andrew Marr and Gavin Esler on the shortlists for the inaugural Paddy Power and Total Politics Political Book Awards, which have been set up to celebrate and reward excellence across all areas of political publishing. 

Live from Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press) and A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan) are competing for Political Book of the Year against The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson), Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback), The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shelton (OUP), Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books), Britain's Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris), Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress), Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton) and The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing). The winner of the Political Book of the Year will receive £10,000. 

There is a cheque for £3,000 for the winner of the Debut Political Book of the Year, and both Mary Robinson and Nick Robinson are also shortlisted in this category. Other contenders include Half A Wife by Gaby Hinsliff (Chatto & Windus), Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim (Fourth Estate), Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain (Portobello Books), Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling (Verso Books) and The Young Atheist's Handbook by Alom Shaha (Biteback).

£3,000 will also be awarded to the Young Political Writer of the Year, an author under the age of 30 at the time their book was published. 

The awards cover a wide range of subjects within the political sphere, with prize money generously donated by Lord Ashcroft KCMG and sponsor Paddy Power. Other categories include Political Biography of the Year, Polemic of the Year, Political History Book of the Year, International Affairs Book of the Year, Political Process Book of the Year, Political Humour/Satire Book of the Year, Political Fiction Book of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Political Literature. A total of 68 books have been shortlisted across the nine categories. 

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: 'All too often, brilliant and insightful political writing goes uncelebrated – until now, we hope. We couldn't have asked for a more stellar line-up: Campbell, Straw, Adonis, Robinson, Carswell, Marr, Esler – it's got more flair and zing than a Barcelona midfield.' 

Publisher of Total Politics Iain Dale said:  'I'm delighted that we've had so many submissions to the Political Book Awards. The calibre of judges and shortlisted authors in this inaugural year has been truly remarkable, and we're looking forward to continuing the trend for many years to come.' 

The judging panels are made up of leading political figures including Adam Boulton, Alastair Campbell, Ann Widdecombe, Charles Clarke, Tristram Hunt, Rory Stewart, Carolyn Quinn, Chris Mullin, Dame Ann Leslie, Mary Beard and Jacqui Smith. The awards will be presented at a star-studded ceremony at the BFI IMAX cinema on Wednesday 6 February 2013.

www.politicalbookawards.com

@PolBookAwards

#PBAwards

 

For more information please contact suzanne.sangster@bitebackpublishing.com or katy.scholes@totalpolitics.com

Tel: 020 7091 1260

SHORTLISTS IN FULL

 

Political Book of the Year

A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)

Britain's Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris)

Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)

Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress)

Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)

Live From Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press)

The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)

The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP)

The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing)

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books)

 

Debut Political Book of the Year

Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling (Verso Books)

Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain (Portobello Books)

Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)

Half A Wife by Gaby Hinsliff (Chatto & Windus)

Live From Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press)

Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim (Fourth Estate)

The Young Atheist's Handbook by Alom Shaha (Biteback)

 

Political Biography of the Year

A Kick Against the Pricks: The Autobiography by David Norris (Transworld Ireland)

Events, Dear Boy, Events by Ruth Winstone (Profile Books)

Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk (Jonathan Cape)

Last Man Standing by Jack Straw (Macmillan)

Muckraker: The Scandalous Life and Times of W. T. Stead by W. Sydney Robinson (The Robson Press)

Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort (Jonathan Cape)

The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)

 

Polemic of the Year

A Doomed Marriage: Britain and Europe by Daniel Hannan (Notting Hill Editions)

Arguing for Independence by Stephen Maxwell (Luath Press)

Britain for Sale by Alex Brummer (Cornerstone)

Defending Politics by Matthew Flinders (OUP)

Drugs – Without the Hot Air by David Nutt (UIT Cambridge)

Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)

The End of Politics by Douglas Carswell (Biteback)

Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson (Bantam Press)

The New Few by Ferdinand Mount (Simon & Schuster)

You Can't Read This Book by Nick Cohen (Fourth Estate)

 

Political History Book of the Year

A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)

Fascist Voices by Christopher Duggan (Bodley Head)

Real Britannia by Colin Brown (Oneworld Publications)

The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP)

The Liberal Unionist Party: A History by Ian Cawood (I.B. Tauris)

The Road Not Taken by Frank McLynn (Bodley Head)

The Unlikely Warriors by Richard Baxell (Aurum Press)

 

International Affairs Book of the Year

Britain's Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris)

Gang of One by Gary Mulgrew (Hodder & Stoughton)

Is China Buying the World? by Peter Nolan (Polity Press)

Mullahs Without Mercy by Geoffrey Robertson (Biteback)

No Worse Enemy by Ben Anderson (Oneworld Publications)

Nuclear Iran by David Patrikarakos (I.B. Tauris)

On the Front Line by Marie Colvin (HarperPress)

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia by Angus Roxburgh (I.B. Tauris)

Tiger Head, Snake Tails by Jonathan Fenby (Simon & Schuster)

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books)

 

 

Political Process Book of the Year

Britannia Unchained by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore, Elizabeth Truss

(Palgrave Macmillan)

Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress)

Lessons from the Top by Gavin Esler (Profile Books)

Philip Gould – An Unfinished Life by Dennis Kavanagh (Palgrave Macmillan)

Stumbling Over Truth by Kevin Marsh (Biteback)

The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing)

 

Political Humour/Satire Book of the Year

Ban This Filth! by Ben Thompson (Faber & Faber)

Eminent Elizabethans by Piers Brendon (Jonathan Cape)

House of Fun by Simon Hoggart (Guardian Books)

Is That Mic Off? by Phil Mason and Matthew Parris (The Robson Press)

Questions to Which the Answer is 'No!' by John Rentoul (Elliott & Thompson)

The Best of Matt 2012 by Matthew Pritchett (Orion)

The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase by Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson (Viking)

Political Fiction Book of the Year

A Sentimental Traitor by Michael Dobbs (Simon & Schuster)

Pawn's Gambit by Harry Armstrong (Arena Books)

Skagboys by Irvine Welsh (Jonathan Cape)

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)

The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington (Bloomsbury)




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