Shehadeh in contention for second Orwell Prize

Author Raja Shehadeh is in the running to win the Orwell Prize for a second time, with Random House the most nominated publisher on the shortlist for the £3,000 prize.  

Raja Shehadeh's Occupation Diaries (Profile Books), about daily life in Palestine, is among the titles on the seven-strong shortlist, with Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith (Harvill Secker), examining the US justice system, and A Very British Killing by A T Williams (Jonathan Cape), about the killing of a hotel receptionist in Iraq by British Army troops, the two Random House titles on the list.

Shedhadeh previously won the prize in 2008 for Palestinian Walks, while Stafford Smith was also on the shortlist that year for Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay.

Also on the 2013 shortlist is On the Front Line by the late war reporter Marie Colvin (HarperPress), a collection of her journalism; Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan (Picador), a memoir of a childhood living under the surveillance of Ceausescu's secret police in Romania; Richard Holloway's Leaving Alexandria (Canongate), about Holloway's life as a priest, and his eventual decision to leave the Church; and From the Ruins of the Empire by Pankaj Mishra (Allen Lane), retelling the story of the past two centuries from the perspective of Asia.

Jean Seaton, director of the prize, said: "This year's judges started from Orwell's  injunction: 'My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.' That is what the judges hunted for and found, writing that was measured and calm not simply angry. Writing that is nevertheless driven by values."

Meanwhile, the six shortlisted journalists for the Journalism Prize include Christina Patterson and Kim Sengupta both from the Independent, Jamil Anderlini from the Financial Times, Andrew Norfolk on the Times, Ian Cobain from the Guardian and Tom Bergin from Reuters.

The overall winner of both prizes will be announced on 15th May.