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Political Book
Awards 2015

In association with Politicos.co.uk

Award categories

About the awards

The Paddy Power Political Book Awards in association with Politicos.co.uk seeks to recognise the very best in political writing and publishing. Winners across nine categories will be chosen by our panels of political celebrity judges with prizes kindly donated by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC.

Award categories

Political Book of the Year

In association with Lord Ashcroft

The Political Book of the Year will be awarded to the book deemed to have been the most impressive political book published in the past year, or that which has had the most overall impact on politics, political thought and/or political debate. The book will have been widely read, discussed, and will have made a significant contribution to British political debate this year. It will be original and have broken new ground in the field of political writing. It will be superbly written, thoroughly researched, accessible, engaging and enthusiastic. There is a prize of £10,000 for the winner of this award, kindly donated by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC.

Judges

Square grayscale ashcroft Lord Ashcroft
Politician, international businessman and philanthropist
Square grayscale andrew adonis 2754122b Lord Andrew Adonis
Politician, academic and journalist
Square grayscale ann treneman Ann Treneman
Parliamentary sketchwriter
Square grayscale keith simpson Keith Simpson
Politician and historian
Square grayscale mary beard Mary Beard
Classicist and author

Debut Political Book of the Year

The Debut Political Book of the Year Award will be presented to author of the book judged to have been the most impressive debut by an author of any age. The book will be the first to have been published by the author, and will be well written, clear, show a natural flair for political writing and demonstrate personality and skill. The author will have brought a fresh perspective and expertise to the subject at hand, and illustrate the potential for further political writing in the future. There is a prize of £3,000 for the winner of this award, kindly donated by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC.

Judges

Square grayscale damian mcbride  008 Damien McBride
Former Civil Servant
Square grayscale isabel hardman Isabel Hardman
Political journalist
Square grayscale marlyn Marilyn Warnick
Books Editor of the Mail of Sunday
Square grayscale merrick Jane Merrick
Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday
Square grayscale nick debois Nick de Bois
Politician

Political Biography of the Year

In association with Total Politics

The Political Biography of the Year Award will be awarded to the author of a biography or autobiography of a political figure which is superbly well written, accessible, appealing, thoroughly researched, and drawing on a number of resources, both primary and secondary. It will be analytical, reflective, contextual, informative, illustrative, balanced and show an enthusiasm for its subject. Ideally it will bring to light previously unknown information about its subject, doing so in a thought-provoking, inspiring manner. It should address the political context surrounding its subject, as well as the subject itself.

Judges

Square grayscale andrew mitchell Andrew Mitchell
Politician
Square grayscale  45003746 jocoburn203x300 Jo Coburn
Presenter BBC2 Daily Politics
Square grayscale darren henley Darren Henley OBE
Managing Director of Classic FM
Square grayscale hain460x276 Peter Hain
Politician
Square grayscale carolyn quinn Carolyn Quinn
Radio presenter

Polemic of the Year

The Polemic of the Year Award will be presented to the author of a book deemed to have presented the most important case of debate. The book will be a thorough and complete argument of its case and will have sparked discussion, been covered widely, be persuasive, show personality and have the power to bring readers round to its way of thinking. Ideally it will have covered previously uncharted ground, or presented a familiar issue in a fresh light. The book should strike a balance between being informative and sustaining its line of argument.

Judges

Square grayscale zoe williams 007 Zoe Williams
Journalist
Square grayscale hp1 Cristina Odone
Journalist, editor and writer
Square grayscale 220px daniel hannan london autumn 2008 Dan Hannan
Politician
Square grayscale matthew parris defe 159318a Matthew Parris
Journalist and former politician
Square grayscale ian 20collins 0 Ian Collins
Radio presenter and journalist

Political History Book of the Year

In association with News UK

The Political History Book of the Year Award will be presented to the author of a book judged to have delivered the most impressive piece of political historical writing in the last year. The book can cover any period of history and will clearly demonstrate the political significance of the time in question. The account will be analytical, informative, thoroughly researched, well-written, accessible and appealing. Ideally it would bring to light fresh information on the period it covers, or display an original format. It will show expertise and above all enthusiasm.

Judges

Square grayscale 6b87b04cf88b202299440ab318ee5f6e Lisa O'Kelly
Literary Editor The Observer
Square grayscale 681338f8 39e3 11e4  766736c Robbie Millen
Literary Editor of The Times
Square grayscale charles clarke 2006046c Charles Clarke
Politician

International Affairs Book of the Year

The International Affairs Book of the Year Award will be awarded to the author of a book which has most comprehensively addressed the international issues of any region, whether these be the topics already dominating the agenda or those lesser known. The book will have addressed its subject in an accessible format, and brought to wider attention the issues under discussion. It should demonstrate expertise, fresh perspective, forward thinking and a comprehensive analysis of the matter at hand, and will be a valuable contribution to the current body of literature on international affairs.

Judges

Square grayscale yasmin alibhai brown Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Journalist and political commentator
Square grayscale christopher meyer Sir Christopher Meyer
Former British Ambassador to the US
Square grayscale shami 202 20 1  0 Shami Chakrabarti
Director of Liberty
Square grayscale medium petriehosken1107068885 Petrie Hoskin
Radio presenter

Practical Politics Book of the Year

The Practical Politics Book of the Year Award will be given to author of a book which has analysed, explained and made accessible the structures and processes of politics, either current or past. It will be well written, clear, analytical, contextual, timely and thoroughly researched, drawing on a number of sources. It will have brought the finer details of the political process to wider attention and shown an enthusiasm for its subject, striking a balance between informing, analysing and sustaining a line of argument.

Judges

Square grayscale philip cowley 140x140 Philip Cowley
Professor of Parliamentary Government
Square grayscale jacqui smith Jacqui Smith
Former Home Secretary
Square grayscale baroness grender Baroness Grender of Kingston Upon Thames
Liberal Democrat Life Peer
Square grayscale romillyweeksws Romilly Weeks
Newsreader and journalist
Square grayscale pindia1 1441043c India Knight
Journalist and author

The Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year

In association with The InterContinental London Westminster

The Political Humour/Satire Book of the Year Award will be presented to the author of most witty and/or intelligently satirical political book of the year. The book should be able to raise a smile whilst also conveying a serious and thought-provoking political message. It will be original, entertaining and above all it will make the judges and the reader laugh. It should cover a subject that the reader can identify with, and make the issue at hand more accessible through wit, without demeaning it.

Judges

Square grayscale brookes Peter Brookes
Cartoonist
Square grayscale shelagh 20fogarty Shelagh Fogarty
Journalist and radio presenter
Square grayscale guest Katy Guest
Literary editor of the Independent on Sunday
Square grayscale 10826 Andrew Pierce
Journalist and broadcaster

Political Fiction Book of the Year

The Political Fiction Book of the Year Award will be given to the author of a book which is gripping, engaging and well written. The book will be original, or have provided a fresh twist to the existing political fiction market. It should be relatable to current political issues as well as thought-provoking and entertaining. It should convey a strong political message to the reader, and above all should draw the reader in and be a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Judges

Square grayscale daisy mcandrew Daisy McAndrew
Political journalist
Square grayscale anne alexander Anne Alexander
Political Reporter
Square grayscale guto harri Guto Harri
Director of Communications, News UK
Square grayscale steve norris Steve Norris
Businessman and former MP
Square grayscale alexclark460 Alex Clarke
Journalist

World War One Book of the Year

This year a special category has been added to the awards. To tie-in with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the author of the Best Book published on the First World War (non-fiction).

Judges

Square grayscale ashcroft Lord Ashcroft
Politician, international businessman and philanthropist
Square grayscale keith simpson Keith Simpson
Politician and historian
Square grayscale square 67 original Nigel West
Author
Square grayscale 28 original Mick Smith
Author

Venue and ceremony

  • BFI IMAX
  • 28.01.2015

The awards ceremony will take place at the BFI IMAX cinema on the 28th January 2015. Featuring a glamorous compére, high-profile judges and announcers for each award as well as the best political writers around.

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† Must be between 21/11/2013 and 28/11/2014
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Terms and conditions

  1. The deadline for submitting entries is 17th October 2014.
  2. Once a submissions form has been sent, the publisher agrees to send one copy of each book to the Organising Committee.
  3. All books nominated must be published in the UK for the first time during the period 21st November 2013 to 28th November 2014. Where necessary, the Organising Committee will accept proof copies of books.
  4. Books should have been written in English originally.
  5. Entrants must be residents of Britain or Ireland, or currently reside here, with the exception of the International Affairs Book of the Year category.
  6. Books must be submitted by the publisher but self-published books will be considered by the Organising Committee.
  7. Each book must be entered in no more than two categories.
  8. The Organising Committee shall nominate a number of titles to be considered in depth by the judges.
  9. The publisher of the winning title agrees to use “The Paddy Power Political Book Awards in association with Politicos.co.uk winner” as a front cover flash for any subsequent reprints of the winning title, hardback or paperback.
  10. The Debut Author of the Year will receive £2,000.
  11. The Political Book of the Year award winner will receive a prize of £10,000.
  12. The Best Book on World War One will receive a prize of £1,000.
  13. Due to the increased exposure of the central core category of Political Book of the Year, there will be a small shortlist levy of £375 against each of the 6 shortlisted titles, to assist with the promotion of the awards to the media and amongst retailers, libraries and online booksellers.

Contact us

If you have any further queries about The Political Book Awards, please contact Suzanne Sangster at suzanne.sangster@politicalbookawards.com or by calling 0207 091 1260.