Orwell Prize announces shortlist

The six-strong shortlist for the Orwell Prize for political writing was revealed last night (25th March), with Andrew Brown&rsquo;s <em>Fishing in Utopia </em>(Granta) and Owen Matthews&rsquo; <em>Stalin&rsquo;s Children </em>(Bloomsbury) up for the prize, which is judged by Jenny Abramsky, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, former editor of the <em>TLS </em>Ferdinand Mount and journalist and author Geoffrey Wheatcroft.<br /><br />Director of the Prize, Jean Seaton, said: &ldquo;These books cover a wide range of topics, of countries and of time. But they all illuminate our present and our present problems. If you want to understand what Britain is today, go and read these books.&rdquo;&nbsp; <br /><br />The winner will be announced on 22nd April.<br /><br />The shortlist in full: <br /><em>Fishing in Utopia </em>by Andrew Brown (Granta)<br /><em>Reappraisals</em> by Tony Judt (William Heinemann)<br /><em>Stalin&rsquo;s Children</em> by Owen Matthews (Bloomsbury)<br /><em>Chinese Whispers</em> by Hsiao-Hung Pai (Penguin)<br /><em>Descent into Chaos</em> by Ahmed Rashid&nbsp; (Allen Lane)<br /><em>The White War</em> by Mark Thompson (Faber)<br />