Campbell and Robinson on political book awards shortlists

Alastair Campbell and Mary Robinson are among the authors shortlisted for the inaugural Paddy Power and Total Politics Book Awards, set up to celebrate excellence across all areas of political publishing.

The new prize includes nine categories, including the £10,000 Political Book of the Year, for which Campbell and Nick Robinson go head to head; the £3,000 Debut Political Book of the Year, with nominees including Ian Cobain  and Gaby Hinsliff; and the Young Political Writer of the Year, aimed at authors under the age of 30 at the time their book was published, also worth £3,000.

The other categories are: Political Biography of the Year, Polemic of the Year, Political History Book of the Year, International Affairs Book of the Year, Political Process Book of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Political Literature.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said:"All too often, brilliant and insightful political writing goes uncelebrated ­ until now, we hope. We couldn't have asked for a more stellar line-up: Campbell, Straw, Adonis, Robinson, Carswell, Marr, Esler, it's got more flair and zing than a Barcelona midfield."

The prize money is sponsored by Lord Ashcroft and Paddy Power. The judging panels include Charles Clarke, Ann Widdecombe and Mary Beard. The winners will be announced on 6th February 2013.

The shortlists in full:

Political Book of the Year

A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)

Britain's Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris)

Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)

Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress)

Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)

Live From Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press)

The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)

The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP)

The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing)

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books)

 

Debut Political Book of the Year

Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling (Verso Books)

Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain (Portobello Books)

Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)

Half A Wife by Gaby Hinsliff (Chatto & Windus)

Live From Downing Street by Nick Robinson (Bantam Press)

Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim (Fourth Estate)

The Young Atheist's Handbook by Alom Shaha (Biteback)

 

Political Biography of the Year

A Kick Against the Pricks: The Autobiography by David Norris (Transworld

Ireland)

Events, Dear Boy, Events by Ruth Winstone (Profile Books)

Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk (Jonathan

Cape)

Last Man Standing by Jack Straw (Macmillan)

Muckraker: The Scandalous Life and Times of W. T. Stead by W. Sydney

Robinson (The Robson Press)

Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort (Jonathan Cape)

The Burden of Power by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)

 

Polemic of the Year

A Doomed Marriage: Britain and Europe by Daniel Hannan (Notting Hill

Editions)

Arguing for Independence by Stephen Maxwell (Luath Press)

Britain for Sale by Alex Brummer (Cornerstone)

Defending Politics by Matthew Flinders (OUP)

Drugs Without the Hot Air by David Nutt (UIT Cambridge)

Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis (Biteback)

The End of Politics by Douglas Carswell (Biteback)

Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson (Bantam Press)

The New Few by Ferdinand Mount (Simon & Schuster)

You Can't Read This Book by Nick Cohen (Fourth Estate)

 

Political History Book of the Year

A History of the World by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)

Fascist Voices by Christopher Duggan (Bodley Head)

Real Britannia by Colin Brown (Oneworld Publications)

The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP)

The Liberal Unionist Party: A History by Ian Cawood (I.B. Tauris)

The Road Not Taken by Frank McLynn (Bodley Head)

The Unlikely Warriors by Richard Baxell (Aurum Press)

 

International Affairs Book of the Year

Britain's Quest for a Role by David Hannay (I.B. Tauris)

Gang of One by Gary Mulgrew (Hodder & Stoughton)

Is China Buying the World? By Peter Nolan (Polity Press)

Mullahs Without Mercy by Geoffrey Robertson (Biteback)

No Worse Enemy by Ben Anderson (Oneworld Publications)

Nuclear Iran by David Patrikarakos (I.B. Tauris)

On the Front Line by Marie Colvin (HarperPress)

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia by Angus

Roxburgh (I.B. Tauris)

Tiger Head, Snake Tails by Jonathan Fenby (Simon & Schuster)

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (Profile Books)

 

Political Process Book of the Year

Britannia Unchained by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris

Skidmore, Elizabeth Truss (Palgrave Macmillan)

Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles (HarperPress)

Lessons from the Top by Gavin Esler (Profile Books)

Philip Gould: An Unfinished Life by Dennis Kavanagh (Palgrave Macmillan)

Stumbling Over Truth by Kevin Marsh (Biteback)

The Politics of Coalition by Robert Hazell and Ben Yong (Hart Publishing)

 

Political Humour/Satire Book of the Year

Ban This Filth! by Ben Thompson (Faber and Faber)

Eminent Elizabethans by Piers Brendon (Jonathan Cape)

House of Fun by Simon Hoggart (Guardian Books)

Is That Mic Off? by Phil Mason and Matthew Parris (The Robson Press)

Questions to Which the Answer is 'No!' by John Rentoul (Elliott & Thompson)

The Best of Matt 2012 by Matthew Pritchett (Orion)

The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase by Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson

(Viking)

 

Political Fiction Book of the Year

A Sentimental Traitor by Michael Dobbs (Simon & Schuster)

Pawn's Gambit by Harry Armstrong (Arena Books)

Skagboys by Irvine Welsh (Jonathan Cape)

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)

The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington (Bloomsbury)