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Orwell Prizes 2022 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2022 Orwell Prizes for political writing have been announced.

The titles shortlisted for the political writing book prize are:

  • Behind Closed Doors (Polly Curtis, Virago)
  • Spike (Jeremy Farrar & Anjana Ahuja, Profile)
  • The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber & David Wengrow, Allen Lane)
  • My Fourth Time, We Drowned (Sally Hayden, Fourth Estate)
  • Uncommon Wealth (Kojo Koram, John Murray)  
  • Things I Have Withheld (Kei Miller, Canongate)
  • Orwell’s Roses (Rebecca Solnit, Granta)
  • The Right to Sex (Amia Srinivasan, Bloomsbury)
  • Shutdown (Adam Tooze, Viking)
  • Do Not Disturb (Michela Wrong, Fourth Estate).

The titles shortlisted for the political fiction book prize are:

  • Cwen (Alice Albinia, Serpent’s Tail)
  • A Passage North (Anuk Arudpragasam, Granta)
  • Assembly (Natasha Brown, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The High House (Jessie Greengrass, Swift Press)
  • Small Things Like These (Claire Keegan, Faber)
  • The Colony (Audrey Magee, Faber)
  • Appliance (J O Morgan, Jonathan Cape)
  • There Are More Things (Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Fleet)
  • Sterling Karat Gold (Isabel Waidner, Peninsula Press).

The winner of each category, announced on 14 July, will receive £3000 (A$5300). The annual award is presented to a work that comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

For more information about the award and this year’s shortlists, click here.


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