In association with Politicos.co.uk
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Lifetime Achievement Award in Political Literature will be presented to an author with sustained influence and popularity in the field of political literature over a significant period of time. Their published works will have covered a range of topics and they will have made a significant contribution to global political debate. They should be a respected and well recognised figure in the field, and have broken new ground in political writing. They must have demonstrated a sustained commitment to and enthusiasm for political writing.
The awards ceremony will take place at the BFI IMAX cinema on the 19th March 2014. Featuring a glamorous compére, high-profile judges and announcers for each award as well as the best political writers around.
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Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing, the story moves from post-war austerity, to school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, to the rock-and-roll years and becoming a husband and father whilst still in his teens. Alan Johnson writes with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openness, which makes his book anything but a grim catalogue of miseries.Buy now
Much more than a parade of admirals and their battles, this is the story of how an insignificant island nation conquered the world's oceans to become its greatest trading empire. Yet, as Ben Wilson shows, there was nothing inevitable about this rise to maritime domination, nor was it ever an easy path. Empire of the Deep also reveals how our naval history has shaped us in more subtle and surprising ways - our language, culture, politics and national character all owe a great debt to this conquest of the seas. This is a gripping, fresh take on our national story.Buy now
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. At sixteen, she has become the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.Buy now
The first volume of Charles Moore's authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential political figures of the post-war era. It gives unparalleled insight into her early life and formation and recreates brilliantly the atmosphere of British politics as she made her way up taking us to what was arguably the zenith of her power, victory in the Falklands. This is the indispensable, fully rounded portrait of a towering figure of our times.Buy now
From 1999 to 2009, Damian McBride worked at the heart of the Treasury and No. 10 before a notorious scandal propelled him onto the front pages and out of Downing Street. In Power Trip he writes candidly about his experiences at the heart of government, and provides the first genuine insider's account of Gordon Brown's time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. He reveals the personal feuds, political plots and media manipulation which lay at New Labour's core, and provides a fascinating, funny and at times shocking account of how government really works.Buy now
This is a book that takes us from Wellington's intractable declaration in November 1830 that 'the beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution', to 7 June 1832, the date of the extremely reluctant royal assent by William IV to the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of sixty new peers in the House of Lords and the threat of revolution throughout the country. These events lead to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings to vivid, dramatic life.Buy now
This is the first book to draw on records from the Foreign Office's secret archive at Hanslope Park, which contains some of the darkest and most shameful secrets from the last days of Britain's empire. Packed with incidents straight out of a John le Carré novel, Empire of Secrets is an exhilarating read by an exciting new voice in intelligence history.Buy now
This is the definitive account of the RBS disaster, a disaster which still casts a shadow over our economy. From the birth of the Royal Bank in eighteenth-century Scotland, to the manic expansion under Fred Goodwin in the middle of a mad boom, and culminating in the epoch-defining collapse, Making It Happen is the full, extraordinary story.Buy now
Providing a unique and accessible guide to democracy in Britain, People Power explains how its elements work, from elections to the rule of law - and the role that we, the public, need to play to keep the wheels turning. If you want to know how your small actions can bring about big changes, how you can improve your lot and the lives of others, then you must read this book.Buy now
Liam Fox begins by questioning what decision-makers fear as the threats to world stability and peace, and draws on his own experience to illuminate world events, past and present. In conversation with those responsible for keeping the world afloat he examines both triumph and disaster and explains how to meet the challenge of the new global reality.Buy now
How can a banking system become so unregulated that it offers a gold credit card to a dog? For Faisal Islam, these systems are examples of nations, institutions and individuals crossing the 'default line'. Having exposed the Icelandic banking crisis and watched Lehman Bros crash, Faisal Islam is the perfect guide to the global economic crisis.Buy now
Drawing on compelling first-hand reporting and deep knowledge of the region's history and access to many of its key players, Paul Danahar lays bare the forces that are shaping the new Middle East. If the people of the Arab world can now speak openly for the first time, then it is also the West's first chance to listen. And there are many questions to be answered.Buy now
In association with Total Politics
Published here alongside these last diaries are Tony Benn's highly personal insights into the challenges of old age and failing health, of widowhood, and of moving out of the family home after sixty years. Finally, we share in Tony Benn's hopes for the future based on his years of experience and natural optimism.Buy now
A 'gripping, succinct and lethal' (Matthew Parris, The Times) reappraisal of the life of Benjamin Disraeli, the most celebrated and colourful politician of the nineteenth century. Benjamin Disraeli was the most gifted parliamentarian and a superb orator, writer and wit - but how much do we really know about the man behind the words?Buy now
Philosopher, statesman and founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke is both the greatest and most underrated political thinker of the past three hundred years. Burke's wisdom, Norman shows, applies well beyond the times of empire to the conventional democratic politics practised in Britain and America today.Buy now
Drawing on his own diaries, and a wealth of extensive research including interviews with international statesmen, many of her No. 10 private secretaries and personal friends, Jonathan Aitken's Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality breaks new ground as a fresh and fascinating portrait of the most influential political leader of post-war Britain.Buy now
Ann Widdecombe recalls her life and highlights the people and events that most influenced her along the way. Also containing Ann's trenchant views on the coalition, MPs' expenses and the state of the nation, this is a provocative and entertaining read. Frank, ruthless and engaging, Ann's autobiography will delight her admirers and win her yet more fans.Buy now
Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D'Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable. Through his ideological journey, we witness the political turbulence of early twentieth-century Europe and the emergence of fascism.Buy now
Freedom is the central concept in Western history and political thought, yet from where did it stem? Daniel Hannan presents the story of how the inhabitants of our damp island at the western tip of the Eurasian landmass stumbled upon the extraordinary idea that the state was the servant, not the master, of the individual.Buy now
This is a manifesto for every mother who has ever had to comfort a daughter who doesn't feel 'pretty', for every young woman who out-performs her male peers professionally and wonders why she is still not taken seriously, and for anyone interested in the world we are making for the next generation.Buy now
Amid the turmoil of the financial crisis and an ever-growing gap between the richest and the rest, it is easy to forget that the ultimate victim could be our democracy itself. The Last Vote is a wake-up call, and an illuminating defence of a system which, in Churchill's words, is the worst possible form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.Buy now
A former rough sleeper and troubled child of poverty, John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, has written an excoriating attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor. Provoking an intellectual revolution, he spares neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.Buy now
Nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless...until they suddenly switch off. Tony Juniper's book will change the whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.Buy now
David Goodhart tells the story of post-war immigration and charts a course for its future. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with people from all over the country and a wealth of statistical evidence, he paints a striking picture of how Britain has been transformed by immigration and examines the progress of its ethnic minorities.Buy now
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A gripping and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first military campaign, Churchill's First War is not only a dramatic and vivid piece of military history but affords us a rare insight into both the nineteenth-century 'Great Game' and the twenty-first-century conflict that has now raged longer than the Second World War and taken more lives than the Falklands.Buy now
Published to conincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo scandal. The Profumo Affair was a perfect storm, and when it broke it rocked the Establishment. Sex, drugs, class, race, chequebook journalism and the criminal underworld - the Profumo Affair had it all. This is the story of how Sixties England cast off respectability and fell in love with scandal.Buy now
What was life really like for the British people during the First World War? Using a wealth of first-hand source material, Jeremy Paxman brings vividly to life the day-to-day experience of the British over the entire course of the First World War, capturing the whole mood and morale of the nation. A gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people.Buy now
Britain in the 1840s was a country wracked by poverty, unrest and uncertainty. By the 1880s it was a confident nation of progress and prosperity. Simon Heffer offers a superbly nuanced insight into life in an extraordinary era, populated by extraordinary people - and how our forebears' pursuit of perfection gave birth to modern Britain.Buy now
In August 1814 the US army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. When Britain Burned the White House highlights this unparalleled moment in American history, its far-reaching consequences for both sides, and Britain's and America's decision never again to fight each other.Buy now
This book offers answers to the huge and fascinating question 'what happened to Europe in 1914?', through Max Hastings's accustomed blend of top-down and bottom-up accounts from a multitude of statesmen and generals, peasants, housewives and private soldiers of seven nations. His narrative pricks myths and offers some striking and controversial judgements.Buy now
The definitive new biography of the world's most powerful woman. Through exclusive interviews the book reveals the drama of the crisis that came to dominate Angela Merkel's chancellorship. Written by two long-standing Merkel watchers, the book documents how her decisions and vision - both works in progress - are shaping a pivotal moment in European history.Buy now
We think we know China. But how accurate is this picture? Chinese Whispers tugs aside the age-old curtain of distortion in a powerful counterblast to modern assumptions about China. By examining the central myths, or 'whispers', that have come to dominate our view of China, Ben Chu forces us to question everything we thought we knew about the world's most populous nation.Buy now
Posing as a university professor, John Sweeney travelled undercover to gain unprecedented access to the world's most secret state. North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into the life there today, examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.Buy now
In the Ring deals with impossibly devious plots and characters; a British government often with a misplaced sense of its own role in one of the world's oldest organisations; a Royal family; and an organisation of 300 people, externally working to help the world while inwardly struggling along racial and geo-political lines. You couldn't make it up - and he hasn't.Buy now
Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and - just as important - the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exporation of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in our history.Buy now
Award-winning journalist James Fergusson is among the few to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia. He gives a unique account of a country ravaged by war, considers what the future might hold and exposes the reality of life in this hard, often forgotten land.Buy now
In the wake of the inconclusive May 2010 general election, Lord Adonis and other senior Labour figures sat down for talks with the Liberal Democrat leadership to try to persuade them to govern Britain together. Despite calls for him to give his own account of this historic sequence of events, Adonis has kept his own counsel until now. 5 Days in May is a remarkable and important insider account.Buy now
In this blistering exposé, investigative journalist Bobby Friedman reveals how upstanding party treasurers and Cabinet ministers have been turned into desperate courters of the rich. Discover the truth behind the toxic system where money buys you access and trade union power is king. This enthralling book exposes who is really pulling the strings in British government.Buy now
Distinguished political scientists Anthony King and Ivor Crewe open our eyes to the worst goverment horror stories and explain why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Informed by years of research and interviews, this razor-sharp diagnosis of flawed government is required reading for every UK citizen.Buy now
Renowned political journalist Matt d'Ancona cuts right to the heart of the Lib Dem-Tory struggle, with exclusive, unprecedented access to all the major senior figures. A breathtaking book that takes you into the heart of government, it reveals the truth behind the corridors of Whitehall and No. 10.Buy now
As the second chamber of the Westminster Parliament, the House of Lords has a central position in British politics. This book provides the first detailed portrait of the post-1999 Lords. As a 'no overall control' chamber, it has inflicted numerous defeats on the governments and become an important site of negotiation.Buy now
Today's intelligence community faces challenges that would have been inconceivable only a dozen years ago. Award-winning journalist Mark Huband takes us deep inside this new unseen world of spies and intelligence and provides a unique and controversial assessment of the ability of the major intelligence agencies to combat the threat of twenty-first-century terrorism.Buy now
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Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being 'British' meant for nearly a decade, ever since a friend had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted or possibly all three. This is Hugh Dennis's exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.Buy now
It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs her bags. He knows he, too, must survive. Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty memoir about surviving Thatcher's Britain.Buy now
Britain's first, most successful and indeed only fortnightly satirical magazine. Founded in 1961, it has consistently entertained, informed and irritated its readers. Over five turbulent decades it has developed its unique mix of jokes and journalism, comedy and campaigning, gags and gossip, laughter and libel, to cover the public life of the nation.Buy now
When Rob Hutton began collecting examples of journalese online, he provoked a 'Twitter storm'. In a courageous attempt both to wean journalists off their journalese habit and to provide elucidation for the rest of us, Romps, Tots and Boffins catalogues the highs and lows of this strange language, celebrating the best examples, marvelling at the quirkiest and condemning the worst.Buy now
The latest collection of razor-sharp sketches of contemporary life by Britain's finest political cartoonist. Full of mischief and political savvy, Sign of the Times subjects the world and its leaders to the most sophisticated of lampoonings, brilliantly satirising those who populate the political classes. Little escapes the well-aimed swipe of Brookes's pen in this hilarious and entertaining collection of beautifully crafted cartoons.Buy now
Stored in Whitehall's archives is everything from blood-chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power. Mary Whitehouse's complaints about the sex eduction syllabus nestle next to thank-you notes from prisoner 13260/62, also known as Nelson Mandela. This is a collection of state secrets that those in power might have preferred to go unnoticed...Buy now
Harry has almost lost everything. What starts as a gentle enquiry uncovers a trail of murder and guilt-ridden love. At every turn Harry discovers that the childhood world he thought he knew was false, along with almost everyone in it. Only when he confronts his own death does he realise that all along he's been used as a pawn in a far larger game.Buy now
Yolande of Aragon is sent away to marry the young Duke of Anjou. Their marriage has been arranged to form an alliance between the warring kingdoms. Yet the union between Yolande and Louis not only becomes a great love story, but also sets in motion events which will change the course of history.Buy now
Joshua is a troubled boy who lives in a divided city, where a wall and soldiers separate two communities. He discovers a manhole, which leads in pitch darkness under the wall and across to the other side. An act of kindess from a girl saves his life, but leads to a brutal act of cruelty and a terrible debt he's determined to repay.Buy now
As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. A teenage boy and girl lie dead. But these are no ordinary teenagers. Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.Buy now
Hannah is seventeen. A drink makes her feel better. For a bit. This is the story of Hannah's addiction as seen by the people around her - her mum, her little sister, her best friend, her best friend's mother, her mum's boyfriend... Powerful and passionate, their voices shed a sometimes shocking, sometimes tender light on a life veering terrifyingly off course.Buy now
Tasked with what seems like an impossible job is an ex-US marine who has risen through the ranks to become one of America's most effective intelligence chiefs. He must gather what scant evidence there is and unmask The Preacher. Aided only by a brilliant teenaged hacker, he must throw out the bait and see whether his deadly target can be drawn from his lair...Buy now
We have 104 prizes to give away! That should keep you busy. There’s no limit to the number of questions you can answer and prize draws you can enter (but only one answer per question will count). The winners will be announced the week following the Paddy Power Political Book Award ceremony on 19 March 2014. Good luck!
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