The Orwell Prizes 2023 Winners

It is our pleasure to confirm Show Me the Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen by Peter Apps and The New Life by Tom Crewe as the winners of the 2023 Orwell Prizes.

Named in honour of the pioneering political journalist and prophetic novelist George Orwell, the Orwell Prizes are Britain’s premier award for political writing in both non-fiction and fiction.

 

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing Winner

Deeply moving and intensely powerful, Apps' rigorously researched account of the Grenfell Tower fire makes for a shocking saga of incompetence, indifference and inhumanity that cost numerous lives. Documenting decades of neglect and corporate greed, Show Me the Bodies demonstrates the grim inevitability of a disaster on this scale and argues passionately for safeguards to ensure it never happens again.

 

‘A magnificent book that deftly combines vivid, compelling accounts of the victims of the fire with forensic (but no less engaging) detail on the decades of politics and policy which led up to it.’

Martha Lane Fox, Chair of Judges

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing Shortlist

Show Me the Bodies
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Time to Think
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Invasion
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Who Cares
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Inside Qatar
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The Patriarchs
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Divided
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The Fire of the Dragon
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The Last Colony
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The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Winner

A tender and powerful tale of passion, progress and personal freedom that re-imagines the lives of the two men who published the first English medical textbook on homosexuality, Crewe’s beautiful novel is filled with nuance and forensic insight into love. Deftly recreating the atmosphere of 1890s London, The New Life is a tour de force of intelligent and empathetic fiction.

 

‘With compassion, lucidity and poise [Crewe] explores both the creation of new sexual identities and the nature of social activism, as the ideals of liberation tangle with shame, fear and doubt.’

Boyd Tonkin, Chair of Judges

The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Shortlist

Birnam Wood
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The New Life
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A House for Alice
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The Story of the Forest
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Bournville
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Demon Copperhead
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Small Worlds
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After Sappho
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