Matthew Goodwin and Robert Ford’s Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Routledge) has won the top honour at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards.
Academics Goodwin and Ford won the Political Book of the Year honour at the award ceremony in London last night (28th), receiving £10,000 donated by Lord Ashcroft.
The judging panel – Lord Ashcroft, Mary Beard, MP Keith Simpson, Lord Adonis and Ann Treneman – said that the book was “ground-breaking” and provided “essential and enjoyable reading for anyone who wants to understand the shifts in modern politics”.
Lord Ashcroft said: “Revolt on the Right is an insightful book which is scholarly and analytical yet accessible and readable at the same time. It is a superbly timed work that does exactly what it says on the tin, charting the reasons for the rise of UKIP as a political force.”
The book was up against Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson (Bantam Press), The Snowden Files by Luke Harding (Guardian Faber), Smile For the Camera by Simon Danczuk and Matthew Baker (Biteback Publishing), Margot At War by Anne de Courcy (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts (Allen Lane) and Parliament: The Biography by Chris Bryant (Doubleday).
Meanwhile John Campbell’s Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life (Jonathan Cape) won Political Biography of the Year, while Modernity Britain Book Two: A Shake of the Dice (1959–62) by David Kynaston (Bloomsbury) won the Political History Book of the Year, in association with News UK.
The Debut Political Book of the Year was won by Ramita Navai, author of City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Navai won £3,000, donated by Ashcroft.
Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat by Helen McCarthy (Bloomsbury) won the International Affairs Book of the Year.
Practical Politics Book of the Year was won by MP Charles Clarke for The ‘Too Difficult’ Box: The Big Issues Politicans Can’t Crack (Biteback Publishing), and Martin Rowson’s The Coalition Book (SelfMadeHero) won Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year.
Political Fiction Book of the Year was won by former BBC reporter Terry Stiastny for her first novel, Acts of Omission (John Murray) while Geoffrey Robertson QC won Polemic of the Year for his book An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? (Biteback Publishing).
A special category to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, World War One Book of the Year, was added this year and won by David Olusoga for his book The World’s War (Head of Zeus).
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Political Writing was presented to journalist, broadcaster and author Andrew Marr.
Iain Dale, founder of the awards and m.d. of Biteback Publishing, said: “2015 is a massive year for everyone in politics, and by definition anyone who writes about it. The role of these awards in showcasing and encouraging the finest political writing has never been more significant. These are the books that have helped shape our thinking and will continue to do so right up to the general election and beyond.”