Nick Davies' book on the newspaper hacking scandal, a title about Jimmy Savile, and an examination of the internet are among the books on this year’s Orwell Prize longlist.
The £3,000 Book Prize is awarded for political writing.
Davies’ book Hack Attack (Chatto & Windus), about the hacking scandal, is on the 12-strong longlist alongside The Dark Net by Jamie Batlett (William Heinemann), which examines the world of the internet.
Also on the longlist are In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies (Quercus), and Zia Haider Rahman’s novel In the Light of What We Know (Pan Macmillan), about an investment banker and a former friend who are reunited when the returns to make a startling confession.
The director of the Orwell Prize, Professor Jean Seaton, said the Book Prize longlist “offers a fabulous array of insights into our national and international situation: they are great books that together help analyse the world”.
Alongside the Book Prize, there are also awards for journalism and a new prize, for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.
The 2015 Book Prize judges are Claire Armitstead, Gillian Slovo, and Tony Wright.
The winners of the Orwell Prizes will be announced on 21st May.
Book Prize longlist:
The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett (William Heinemann)
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell (Jonathan Cape)
Capital: The Eruption of Delhi by Rana Dasgupta (Canongate)
In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies (Quercus)
Hack Attack by Nick Davies (Chatto & Windus)
Revolt on the Right by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin (Routledge)
In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Pan Macmillan)
Modernity Britain by David Kynaston (Bloomsbury)
The People’s Republic of Amnesia by Louisa Lim (Oxford University Press)
Mammon’s Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now by David Marquand (Penguin)
Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else by James Meek (Verso)
In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre by Lara Pawson (I. B. Tauris)
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