The Orwell Prizes 2021 Winners

It is our pleasure to confirm Between Two Fires by Joshua Yaffa and Summer by Ali Smith as the winners of the 2021 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

Taking the award for Political Writing, Between Two Fires examines the modern authoritarianism of Putin’s reign through the stories of individual Russians. With extraordinary clarity and depth, Joshua Yaffa reveals the political, personal and moral compromises required to navigate the precarious system.

 

‘ A magnificent and moving account of everyday life in Putin’s Russia. Beautiful and haunting, Yaffa illuminates the challenges of moral life and the ways in which authoritarian rule is maintained. ’

Chair of Judges

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing Shortlist

Labours of Love
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Eat the Buddha
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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield
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African Europeans
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English Pastoral
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The Interest
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Between Two Fires
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£9.99
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The Orwell Prize for Political Writing Longlist

Twilight of Democracy
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Labours of Love
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Eat the Buddha
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The Hitler Conspiracies
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Why the Germans Do it Better
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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield
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History Has Begun
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How Spies Think
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African Europeans
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English Pastoral
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Recollections of My Non-Existence
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The Interest
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Between Two Fires
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£9.99
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The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Ali Smith triumphs in the Political Fiction category with Summer – the finale to her prescient Seasonal Quartet. Readable as a standalone novel and moving between contemporary Brighton and wartime internment camps, Summer is at once a razor-sharp exploration of life during Brexit and the pandemic and a finely wrought story of time and forgiveness.

 

‘ Capturing a snapshot of life in Britain right up until the present day, Smith takes the emotional temperature of a nation grappling with a global pandemic, the brink of Brexit, heart-breaking conditions for refugees, and so much more.’

Chair of Judges

The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Shortlist

Leave the World Behind
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The Vanishing Half
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The Vanishing Half
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The Death of Vivek Oji
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Afterlives
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Afterlives
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Apeirogon
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Summer
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The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Longlist

Leave the World Behind
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£8.99   £7.49
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The Vanishing Half
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£8.99
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The Vanishing Half
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The Death of Vivek Oji
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A Lover's Discourse
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Afterlives
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Afterlives
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Apeirogon
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Summerwater
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Weather
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The Mermaid of Black Conch
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Rodham
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Summer
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Shuggie Bain
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Previous Winners

The Nickel Boys
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Poverty Safari
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Citizen Clem
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The Invention of Russia
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Private Island
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This Boy
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A Very British Killing
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Dead Men Risen
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The Rule of Law
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Fishing In Utopia
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Palestinian Walks
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Having it So Good
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Moses, Citizen And Me
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Anthony Blunt
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Mukiwa
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Season of Blood
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