Blackwell’s has named Owen Jones’s The Establishment (Penguin) as its Book of the Year 2015.
The company’s employees were asked to vote for their winner from a shortlist of six, namely Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal (Profile Books), Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is Missing (Penguin), The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber), Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Vintage), and Helen McDonald’s H Is For Hawk (Vintage), with The Establishment coming top of the poll.
In his book, Jones seeks to expose what he refers to as a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. The book sets out on a journey into the heart of the establishment, from the Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City, seeking to expose the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together. The book argues that these vested interests represent the biggest threat to our democracy and that it is time they are challenged.
Gareth Hardy, head of commercial at Blackwell’s, said: “Across Blackwell’s, we have experienced booksellers in our shops around the country who spend every day making recommendations to customers of the best books to meet their needs and interests.
“Few people, therefore, are in a better position to assess the best of the best available to readers today. In The Establishment, Jones provides a fantastic expose into the unseen think-tanks and media moguls that shape modern political debate and has become a consistently a sound voice in an increasingly confusing world. He has worked with us throughout the year through events and signings helping us deliver a bestseller in both formats of a truly ‘Blackwell's Book’.”
Blackwell's yesterday (14th July) revealed MP’s top reading selections for summer after a survey it had conducted, with How to be an MP by Paul Flynn (Biteback) and Boris Johnson’s The Churchill Factor (Hodder) coming high on the list.