‘In Extremis’ and ‘The Growth Delusion’ nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing

Posted on 08/05/2019

The longlist for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, now restricted to non-fiction, was announced on 7th May, featuring 15 titles. Among those longlisted are IN EXTREMIS: THE LIFE OF WAR CORRRESPONDENT MARIE COLVIN by Lindsey Hilsum (Chatto & Windus) and THE GROWTH DELUSION: THE WEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF NATIONS by David Pilling (Bloomsbury Publishing).

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing (formerly The Orwell Book Prize) is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for non-fiction, awarded to the book or pamphlet which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

The judges for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing are chair Tulip Siddiq MP, Ted Hodgkinson, head of literature and spoken word at Southbank Centre, Robbie Millen, literary editor of the Times, and Helen Pankhurst, author, women’s rights activist and international development practitioner.

The shortlist will be announced in early June and the winner of the prize worth £3,000, will be unveiled on Orwell’s birthday, 25th June, at UCL, together with the winner of The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, The Orwell Prize for Journalism and The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.