Hitchens longlisted for Orwell Prize

The longlist for the Orwell Prize for political writing has been announced, with late author Christopher Hitchens longlisted for a second consecutive year.

Hitchens, who died late last year, is nominated for the collection of essays Arguably (Atlantic) following his shortlisting for Hitch-22 in 2011.

Also in the running are six titles from Random House Group subsidiaries, including three from Vintage by Misha Glenny, Caroline Moorehead and Jeffrey Sachs; Richard Lloyd Parry’s title from Jonathan Cape; and Transworld’s Robin Knight.

The 18 titles were picked from 264 submissions with blog and journalism prizes also to be awarded. The shortlists will be announced on 24th April, with the winners of each £3,000 prize announced on 23rd May. The award recognises work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

The longlist in full:

Rodric Braithwaite Afgansty (Profile Books)

Sherard Cowper-Cowles  Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign (HarperPress)

Siddhartha Deb  The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India (Penguin)

Misha Glenny  Dark Market: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You (Vintage)

Robin Harris  The Conservatives: A History (Transworld)

Toby Harnden  Dead Men Risen (Quercus)

Christopher Hitchens  Arguably (Atlantic)

Gavin Knight  Hood Rat (Picador)

Anatol Lieven  Pakistan: A Hard Country (Penguin)

Richard Lloyd Parry  People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman (Jonathan Cape)

Julia Lovell  The Opium War (Pan Macmillan)

Caroline Moorehead  A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival (Vintage)

Douglas Murray  Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and The Saville Inquiry (Biteback publishing)

Sonia Purnell  Just Boris: The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity (Aurum)

Jeffrey Sachs  The Price of Civilization (Vintage)

Lucy Siegle  To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World (Fourth Estate)

Christopher Turner  Adventures in the Orgasmatron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex (Fourth Estate)

Conor Woodman  Unfair Trade (Hutchinson)