The Orwell Prize
The Orwell Prizes 2019
The Orwell Prizes are Britain’s premier awards for political writing. Named in honour of the pioneering political journalist and prophetic novelist, the prizes aim to reflect George Orwell’s desire ‘to make political writing into an art.’ For the first time in its history the Orwell Foundation has introduced a Political Fiction longlist in recognition of the powerful, politically aware novels being produced worldwide.
This year’s longlists are packed full of insight and indignation. Diatribes against big tech and offshore tax evasion rub shoulders with definitive biographies of Marie Colvin and General de Gaulle in the Political Writing category, whilst the inaugural Fiction longlist contains a graphic novel about the pernicious effect of fake news and a mordantly funny post-Brexit dystopia.