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Political Book
Awards 2015

In association with Politicos.co.uk

Lord Ashcroft

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 ten 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 Damian 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

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 carolyn quinn Carolyn Quinn
Radio presenter
Square grayscale philip cowley high res author photo Philip Cowley
Professor of Parliamentary Government

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
Square grayscale jo phillips Jo Philips
Award-winning journalist and former spin doctor.
Square grayscale caroline michel image Caroline Michel
CEO of Peters Fraser & Dunlop

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 Hosken
Radio presenter
Square grayscale rebecca winfield Rebecca Winfield
Literary Agent

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 jacqui smith Jacqui Smith
Former Home Secretary
Square grayscale baroness grender Olly Grender
Working Peer
Square grayscale romillyweeksws Romilly Weeks
Newsreader and journalist
Square grayscale pindia1 1441043c India Knight
Journalist and author
Square grayscale peter hain Peter Hain
Politician

The Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year

The Political Humour and 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 peter brooks auth photo 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
Square grayscale hugo rifkind Hugo Rifkind
Columnist and lead writer for The Times.

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 alex clark judge image Alex Clark
Journalist

World War One Book of the Year

This year, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, there is an award for the best book on World War One.

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
Square grayscale sarah paterson Sarah Paterson
Library Development Team at The Imperial War Museum

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 compére, high-profile judges and announcers for each award as well as the best political writers around.

Shortlisted books

Political heavyweights Alan Johnson, Dennis Skinner, Boris Johnson, Charles Clarke, Kwasi Kwarteng, Nadine Dorries and Gordon Brown join journalists Andrew Marr, James Naughtie, Anne de Courcy and John Rentoul on the shortlists for the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. Now in their third year, the awards celebrate and reward excellence across all areas of political publishing.

The winner of the Political Book of the Year will receive a cheque for £10,000 donated by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC. Titles shortlisted in this category are: The Snowden Files by Luke Harding (Guardian Faber), Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson (Bantam Press), Margot at War by Anne de Courcy (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Parliament: The Biography Volume 1 and 2 by Chris Bryant (Doubleday), Revolt on the Right by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin (Routledge), Smile for the Camera by Simon Danczuk and Matthew Baker (Biteback Publishing) and Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts (Allen Lane).

There is also a cheque for £3,000 for the winner of the Debut Political Book of the Year, again generously donated by Lord Ashcroft. Titles in this category are: The 13th Labour of Hercules by Yannis Palaiologos (Portobello Books), City of Lies by Ramita Navai (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Turkish Awakening by Alev Scott (Faber & Faber), In the Name of the People by Lara Pawson (I. B. Tauris), How to Be a Minister by John Hutton and Leigh Lewis (Biteback Publishing) and The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett (William Heinemann).

The awards cover all areas of political writing. Other awards presented on the night include Political Biography of the Year, Polemic of the Year, Political History Book of the Year in association with News UK, Political Fiction Book of the Year, the Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year, International Affairs Book of the Year and Practical Politics Book of the Year. This year, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, there is an award for Best Book on World War One. A total of 62 books are shortlisted across all 10 categories. There is also a Lifetime Achievement Award in Political Literature.

Iain Dale, founder of the awards, said, ‘The Paddy Power Political Book Awards have become a permanent fixture in the book awards calendar. The calibre of the shortlisted authors is once again outstanding and the awards celebrate the breadth and diversity in political writing.’

Andy McCue, Paddy Power Chief Executive, said “We are delighted to once again support the Political Book Awards and are impressed by the quality of writing on show this year. With such a fantastic shortlist it’s anyone’s guess who will emerge as favourite for the top prize.”

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC said: “Once again, I am delighted to be supporting The Paddy Power Political Book Awards and sponsoring two of the main prizes. Having seen the superb standard of the work submitted by the shortlisted authors, political writing in our country is clearly going from strength to strength.”

The judging panels are made up of leading political figures, political journalists and people from the world of publishing, including Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, Charles Clarke, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Damian McBride, Ann Treneman, Andrew Mitchell, Caroline Michel, Marilyn Warnick and Mary Beard.

The awards will be presented at a star-studded ceremony, hosted for the first time by impressionist Rory Bremner, on Wednesday 28 January at the BFI IMAX cinema.

For more information please contact Suzanne Sangster on 07717 536 498 or 020 7091 1260 suzanne.sangster@politicalbookawards.com.

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Notes to Editors

SHORTLISTS IN FULL

Political Book of the Year

Polemic of the Year

  • Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (Simon & Schuster)
  • Unspeakable Things Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Harry's Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith (Icon Books)
  • The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It by Owen Jones (Allen Lane)
  • An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? by Geoffrey Robertson (Biteback Publishing)
  • AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice by Norman Fowler (Biteback Publishing)

International Affairs Book of the Year

  • Ping-Pong Diplomacy by Nicholas Griffin (Simon & Schuster)
  • No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Political Order and Political Decay by Francis Fukuyama (Profile Books)
  • Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat by Helen McCarthy (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Rogue Elephant by Simon Denyer (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • War and Gold by Kwasi Kwarteng (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Political History Book of the Year

  • National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945–1963 by Richard Vinen (Allen Lane)
  • Phantom Terror: The Threat of Revolution and the Repression of Liberty 1789–1848 by Adam Zamoyski (William Collins)
  • Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny by Michael Broers (Faber & Faber)
  • Mecca: The Scared City by Ziauddin Sardar (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Modernity Britain: Book Two: A Shake of the Dice 1959–62 by David Kynaston (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910–2010 by Selina Todd (John Murray)

Political Biography of the Year

  • The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Roy Jenkins by John Campbell (Jonathan Cape)
  • Sailing Close to the Wind by Dennis Skinner (Quercus)
  • Right or Wrong: The Memoirs of Lord Bell by Tim Bell (Bloomsbury Continuum)
  • Coming Up Trumps by Jean Trumpington (Macmillan)
  • Clement Attlee by Michael Jago (Biteback Publishing)

World War One Book of the Year

  • From Downing Street to the Trenches: First Hand Accounts from the Great War 1914–1916 by Mike Webb (Bodleian Library)
  • Margot Asquith's Great War Diary 1914–1916 edited by Michael Brock and Eleanor Brock (Oxford University Press)
  • The First World War on the Home Front by Terry Charman (Andre Deutsch)
  • Fatal Fortnight by Duncan Marlor (Frontline Books)
  • The World's War by David Olusoga (Head of Zeus)
  • Englanders and Huns by James Hawes (Simon & Schuster)

Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year

  • Who's Feckin Who in Irish History by Colin Murphy (illustrated by Brendan O'Reilly) (The O'Brien Press)
  • Listellany by John Rentoul (Elliott & Thompson)
  • Would They Lie to You by Robert Hutton (Elliott & Thompson)
  • The Best of Britain's Political Cartoons 2014 edited by Tim Benson (Scribe UK)
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by John Crace (Bantam Press)
  • A Very Courageous Decision: The Inside Story of Yes Minister by Graham McCann (Aurum Press)
  • The Coalition Book by Martin Rowson (Self Made Hero)

Debut Political Book of the Year

  • The 13th Labour of Hercules: Inside the Greek Crisis by Yannis Palaiologos (Portobello Books)
  • City of Lies by Ramita Navai (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Turkish Awakening by Alev Scott (Faber & Faber)
  • In the Name of the People by Lara Pawson (I. B. Tauris)
  • The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett (William Heinemann)
  • How to Be a Minister by John Hutton & Leigh Lewis (Biteback Publishing)

Political Fiction Book of the Year

  • Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny (John Murray)
  • Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Head of State by Andrew Marr (Fourth Estate)
  • Barbarians by Tim Glencross (John Murray)
  • The Madness of July by James Naughtie (Head of Zeus)
  • The Four Streets by Nadine Dorries (Head of Zeus)

Practical Politics Book of the Year

  • The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration by Roger Liddle (I. B. Tauris)
  • Scotland's Referendum: A Guide for Voters by David Torrance & Jamie Maxwell (Luath Press)
  • The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power by Jonathan Tonge, Máire Braniff, Thomas Hennessey, James W. McAuley and Sophie A. Whiting (Oxford University Press)
  • Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box by Philip Cowley & Robert Ford (Biteback Publishing)
  • The ‘Too Difficult’ Box by Charles Clarke (Biteback Publishing)
  • My Scotland, Our Britain by Gordon Brown (Simon & Schuster)

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.